Hello, I purchased a home in Southern California a little over 2 years ago. I purchased the home for a listing price of 2700 sq feet at $99 per sq foot. Recently, I was approached by city officials that an addition (which was never known to be an addition - never disclosed by any involved parties) was never permitted. They are hitting me with fees, inspection costs, permit costs etc. to bring the dwelling into code compliance. Which I am gladly doing, it is just misleading to what was purchased.
My question is; if the property was listed as the 2700 sq ft of livable space, and at 5 beds and 3 baths on MLS site, do I have any room to pursue a lawsuit against any of the involved parties whom handled the transaction and failed to disclose? i.e. Selling Party/Agent Buying Agent? for the square footage that was unpermitted? Also any punitive damages or heartache endured during the experience?
So turns out the City has records of this being a 3 bed / 2 bath / with office (which was the 4th bedroom but does not contain a closet of any kind) and the addition (listed as 5th bed) is labeled by the city as "Sun Room" - and unpermitted. My concern is in the complete misrepresentation and nondisclosure of the selling party and agent.
Is there any room I have for compensation to what I paid for that ended up not being there? Shouldn't there be laws in this fair state I live in to ensure that this doesn't happen?
I really appreciate any advice or help, or even directional push that a professional with some inside wisdom could offer me. It has been a long and draining process and has me exhausted between the stressors of life and this on piled on top.