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Buyer Skips Inspection, Tries to Sue and Loses


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In this Ohio case, a seller disclosed some basement water intrusion and characterized it as "minor." The buyer's agent urged the buyer to have the home inspected but the buyer declined and agreed to an "as is" sale. After the buyer moved in and the basement flooded, the buyer sued the seller, alleging fraud. The court found in favor of the seller.

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It might just be me, but it seems an inspection would not have found the two major issues the plantiff had.

Also, it got tossed for procedure, not for merit.

Agreed...especially on water penetration in basement, don't know if an inspection would have shown much more than was already know: freshly painted, furniture in room, were there stains high on walls?, negative slope?.... If there is not active leak or excessive moisture at the time, or obvious high water marks or other : I note what I see (interior and exterior), tell them to check with owner and disclosure statement and monitor... if it is a foreclosed home I tell them there could be serious water penetration we just don't know...

sounds like a HI could have been on the (meat) hook?

what say you??


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Yeah, I would agree that even if the buyers had an inspection done, if there were no signs of active water penetration (puddled, saturated or freshly stained boxed, etc.) at the time of the inspection, the inspector may have had no reason to report active water entry but only evidence of past water entry, monitor, and further question the sellers. We've all had this same situation and reported this way, hopefully without buyers like this suing everyone. Tort reform is needed and people filing these frivalous lawsuits need to re-imburse the defendants' costs if they lose the case.

Our pre-inspection agreements are worth little not matter how strongly they are worded. Reporting what you see and careful wording in your report and a lot of CYA can help keep inspectors out of court.

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