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Joyce, Home Owner in 07514

who is responsiblefor removal of termites?

Asked by Joyce, 07514 Tue Oct 4, 2011

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Normally the seller would cover the cost unless your buying a bank owned REO property. Your attorney should negotiate in your favor after you do your home inspection.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 6, 2012
Anna is right - mortgage company will want to see a clear pest certification. If evidence of wood destroying insects are found, then treatment should be requested of the seller. And the seller would be wise to comply, because it will come up with any buyer. Don't panic, this is not uncommon. Every issue has a solution.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 13, 2011
Unless negotiated otherwise, the seller needs to handle any termite issues; keep in mind that if a mortgage is involved, the lender may not lend without remediation being completed....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 4, 2011
Hello Homeowner,

Please read your contract. In Connecticut, it is stipulated on the real estate purchase contract that the sellers are not obligated to fix, repair or remedy any issues uncovered by the home/termite/radon/septic/well inspection.

Although it is stated as such, there is also a stipulation where the buyer is given a certain grace period to negotiate with the seller any or all issues and if both parties can't come into a mutual agreement, the buyers can withdraw from the contract and the deposit shall be returned to the buyer, thereby releasing both parties from any further obligation.

Review the home inspection contingency and have your realtor submit your request for termite treatment if your contract includes verbiage similar to the above mentioned contingency.

The worse thing that could happen is that the seller can say no. But in this market, why would a seller not agree to remedy the situation as he will face the same problem if he puts it back on the market.

Time lost in finding a buyer and in marketing the property is irrevocable and the chances of getting another buyer in a short period of time in case you withdraw is speculative.

Again, please review your contract and seek the advice of your realtor or lawyer.

Best of Luck.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 4, 2011
Hi, Typically the seller should remediate the problem since banks won't fund a loan if there are active termites. I would approach the seller and point out it's going to be a problem for any buyer that does an inspection and gets a loan. Now once the termites are dealt with you will have to assess the damage to make sure there isn't an structural problems.

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