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We had a walk through before buying a home that we are to close on Sept 2nd. The sellers left early. The

Asked by Barb, Fri Aug 1, 2008

house reeks of cat urine that was not noticed when we first looked at the home or during the inspection. Also there are 3 large stains in one of the bedrooms that will not come out and the carpet will need to be replaced in that room. That also was not there during the inspection. the water part on the outside of the refrigerator doesn't work either. The biggy is the carpets though. What are our rights and does the seller have to pay to clean and replace the one carpet before the closing?

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Jeff & Ginny Mitchell’s answer
Talk to your Realtor and read your contract. Most Purchase and Sale Agreements require the seller to continue to maintain the property in the same condition as when you purchased. I

Furthermore, most states require that if there were existing conditions in the home that were not visible, the sellers and the seller's agent should have disclosed that information. Ask your Realtor to call the listing Realtor to resolve these problems.

If there are no Realtors involved, we are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice, but we suggest you might want to contact the seller calmly and tell give them the list of problems and the expected costs to repair. If they do not respond, you may want to consult an attorney. This cost of the repairs may or may not warrant this action. Of course, if you win the legal action, whoever wins generally pays the legal fees. Hopefully the seller would have the funds to do so if they lose. You could also try Small Claims Court.
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