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What happens if the seller doesn't disclose defects in a home?

You just purchased a home and were very excited to move in. You had inspections performed, and everything seemed okay. You were thrilled with your purchase and ready to start a new chapter in your life.

You soon met your new neighbors, who were happy to talk about the seller. That's when you discovered that the seller did not disclose everything about the home. They told you to be cautious about lead paint and issues with flooding. Of course, the days when you came to look at the home, it was sunny out. It hadn't rained much, so the inspection didn't show issues with flooding, either.

Then, you started taking a closer look. You saw the window panes had been painted over multiple times, probably with lead underneath. The first time it stormed, you saw there was standing water all over the back porch, so it couldn't be used all the time like expected.

What should you do now?

If a seller doesn't disclose defects that they knew about prior to the sale of the home, you may be in a position to sue. Any kind of defect that affects the integrity or livability of the home should always be disclosed to potential buyers.

The seller may be liable if they did not disclose flooding and lead in the home. Additionally, their agent may be responsible, too. This is something you may want to look into further, especially if the costs associated with fixing the damage are particularly high. You should have been treated fairly as a buyer, and this has caused you stress you didn't deserve.

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