during the selling process?
I see several problems,
first of all the buyers did not have an inspection, not your problem they waived it according to you.
although this pipe problem could have or could not have been detected by the inspector
Second you disclosed anything and everything you knew about your home, correct? in the Sellers
Disclosure, if you never had a problem with the plumbing, then there was nothing to disclose
Furthermore the new owners lived in the home for 2 weeks, nobody knows what happened during
those two weeks
Unless there was anything missing as far as the waiver not to have an inspection is not in writing?
or you missed anything on the disclosures, or other it looks like you cannot be held responsible.
But only an attorney after looking at all documents can advise you....
I have started more recently to encourage my buyers to have the sewer system checked often
they do not want to pay the fee, but the 150 $ add. fee are all worth it if there is a major problem
in the main sewer lines as they are the responsibility of the homeowner up to the street main
line in most towns and could be very expensive if replacement is required.....
For Sellers it is a good idea to at least have the sewer line checked by camera to make sure
that there is no major problem.....
So contact your or a real estate attorney to look over the disclosures the buyers waiver for the
inspection and give you assurance what your responsibility or non-responsibility is in your
case. Did the Buyer have his or her own Realtor and attorney in the sales contract/
Good luck to you.
Hope this helps...
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FYI, I'm not an attorney and this is not legal advise.
With that said, I've had threats of litigation on numerous occasions, but when I sell my investment homes I make sure my contracts are solid and that I've disclosed everything.
It's worth your time to seek consultation with legal counsel, but my guess is that the buyer is just upset and making threats they have no intention of following through with.
you should be Okay:
1. you did not know about the conditions,
2. they did not opt for Inspections
If they serve you papers, you should contact an Attorney.
Good luck and may God bless