Phoenix, AZ asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona

Q: If I brought a house and the seller didn't say the additions didn't have permits can I sue the seller?

I brought a house and tried to sell it later. An offer over asking price was made but once the inspection got done I learned the additions where not permitted and I had to bring the price down 25k. I was never told that the additions wasn't permitted by the seller or the person I had do my inspection or my realtor?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Arizona, if a seller fails to disclose unpermitted additions to a house, you may have legal recourse. This could include claims such as breach of contract, fraud, or misrepresentation, as sellers are obligated to disclose significant property issues.

Understanding key factors is crucial—Arizona's disclosure laws require sellers to reveal what they know or should know about the property. To strengthen your case, it's essential to demonstrate reliance on the seller's disclosure, prove financial losses due to the unpermitted additions, and consider the knowledge of your inspector and realtor.

It's important to gather relevant documents, like the purchase agreement and inspection report, and calculate your financial losses. Before heading to court, exploring negotiation with the seller may be a viable alternative to resolve the issue.

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