It is possible that the work was completed without permits. Line 71 of the seller disclosure technically gives the seller an opportunity to let you know of this. However, in my experience most sellers have no clue if a contractor does this. The only time I see that line filled out is if the homeowner completed it themselves. During the inspection you should have a clearer idea of the "age" of these replacements.
If you are simply in the inspection period then you have done your job well and I would not be concerned about recourse, because you will probably just walk away. Although, I will reiterate that regardless of whether the seller mislead you or not if the mechanicals of the property pan out is it worth walking away? What about maybe bringing this up to the seller and asking a price reduction somewhat?
If you have already purchased the home the usual recourse is arbitration (if you and the seller agreed to it) as long as it falls within the timeline.
In the end though we are not attorneys and can not give legal advice. Any time you decide to take legal action in a real estate transaction the best route is to have them on your side.
ugh.....I hate when that happens!! So, were these alleged lies on the MLS listing??? I only ask because information on websites other than the MLS can be changed by anyone, which accounts for why websites like zillow are SOOOOO inaccurate!!
Sellers sometimes don't remember correctly or they lie, and when the agent takes that kind of info directly from the seller, incorrect info gets posted. I'm wondering, if permits were pulled, did they actually get the work done at that time? And, maybe there was storm damage or something after that 11 year old permit pulling that had those items being replaced again?? I don't know, just posing the question.
That shouldn't happen, but it does!! Good for you for digging so carefully. The "qualifier" on the MLS in case information gets incorrectly quoted or the person entering the information makes an error in typing, the reports clearly say, "information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.
Thanks for informing us~