This is the perfect reason why you should have consulted a realtor prior to purchasing the property.
Based on your statements you did not conduct an inspection or property lien, violation, open or expired permit search. This is all amongst the responsibilities of a buyer's agent. Many people out there may be of the opinion that realtors make lots of money and they don't do much for their commission, but this perfect example is why one should always contract the services of a professional realtor and attorney. Because the consequences are very costly.
Before you do anything, it is of my suggestion that you first perform an inspection by a great company; then based on the outcome, speak with an attorney to explore your options.
Best of luck and any additional info, please phone me at (305) 608-5209 iris I. Romero
It is a Single family house, partially attached (1 party wall).
We brought the property as Foreclosure. We did some "Minor - Cosmetic" (Non structural) remodeling for which we requested; paid and clear all the permits required with successful inspections.
I learned recently that the house had a case for unsafe structure prior to us acquire the property.
At this point I have not received any formal documentation from the city and do not have details of the case yet. For now I can only assume the property was classified "unsafe" for being Vacant, unguarded and maybe open at doors or windows (they were closed but not sealed w/ wood or something similar).
I really appreciate the help and direction you can provide us.