Law suits generally only make lawyers money. Generally a lot more money and time than a sane person could or would like to invest.
One thing I can tell you, is that to SUE somebody, you have to show a LOSS: Meaning that you would have to demonstrate and prove that you had a monitary loss due to their actions.
Of course, the fact that you didn't read your own Inspection to see that note about the GFI outlets, is really your fault, not anyone else's.
Compared to a lot of Buyers, you are really in a good position: You are paying about the same amount as you will with your Mortgage, but you are not responsible for the Insurance or Taxes and you are loosing about $10 a month in Principal on the loan.
Maybe you should buck-up and appreciate what you've got.
Anyone can take legal action. But such an Action Costs Money and Compensation for
delay is questionable. Lenders are required to look at all reports very closely as they
are getting funds from Fannie and Freddie, to give you a loan.
The conditions come from the Government bodies.
Your question is right on the money and, unfortunately, describes an issue many, many buyers must deal with. While you have a purchase contract with the seller that would allow you legal remedy if either you or the seller breached the contract, you have no such contract with your lender. It would be difficult to sue your lender over an issue for which you have no written agreement and where you did not suffer any damages.
Please understand that many loan officers try to anticipate problems up front, but once your file hits underwriting they take a much closer look at everything. It's not surprising that the underwriter caught the issue on the appraisal. These are usually issues with VA and FHA loans, and if yours is one of those then the appraiser definitely would have noted those items and the underwriter would be actively looking for health and safety issues identified on the appraisal.
My question a month after your original closing date is this: why is it taking so long? Has it taken this long to have the sockets re-wired, or is the lender taking all of this time? Once issues have been resolved, it shouldn't take more than a week in underwriting. If your LO (loan officer) is dragging his or her feet, escalate to a supervisor or branch manager. If it's a small mortgage company, get the owner to look at the file. If you are owing any per diem fees or other penalties for a late closing, it would be appropriate for you to ask your lender to pay those fees if they are the ones delaying closing at this point in time.
Once your deal is finished, you can always report your lender to State Banking if you feel that he or she was acting in an unprofessional and unethical manner. All mortgage brokers and their loan officers must be licensed, unless you are working with a bank like Citi or Chase, and licensed LO's are held to a higher standard.
Also, is this a short sale? It sounds like you as the buyer were taking on the responsibility of making the GFI repair. If this was required by your lender and appraiser, you should have asked the seller to pay for it.
Of course you can. But, that is not your real question, is it?
What you want to know is if you will win and if you will be compensated for considerably more than your loss and stress. Otherwise, why do it, right?
Maybe, maybe not. Might a judge or jury award you enough to pay for what is now about a month's worth of rent, and some ambiguous amount to compensate you for the stress? Better yet, will they not only award you that amount, but now you are going to have entered into a long, protracted litigation situation for which you will pay a large sum in legal fees, and have put yourself through a great deal more stress for a significantly longer time. Do you have more money than the lender to pay in legal fees, as I can assure you they are going to fight this to the end (otherwise, they open themselves up to all sorts of lawsuits like yours)? All in the hopes the judge or jury will agree with you....
Personally, I would focus on getting the situation rectified and over with, then sit back and enjoy my new home, thankful I wasn't still involved in a legal battle six months or a year from now.
By the way, why the heck is it taking a month to fix socket problems? Makes me wonder if you are going to be asking about suing the electrician next? See Red Adair's statement below...are you getting referrals to professionals?
Or, is it just me?
Bill Parker, Loan Officer
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CPA--Licensed, no longer practicing
GenCor Mortgage, Inc.
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