Asked by Sabrina, Melrose, MA • Tue Apr 21, 2009
My fiance and I offered $350,000 on a house that was listed for $359,900 and the offer was accepted. However, upon home inspection it was discovered that the basement has had water in it (on more than 3 occassions as was disclosed by the seller), also the basement stairs are entirely eaten by termite damage, the one car garage is dilapitated, and what was thought to be a 1/2 bathroom is actually 1/4 bathroom (no sink, only a toilet). The seller knowingly lied on the disclosure form (stating no termite infestation, later disclosed a termite problem 15 years ago), and there is fear that what were disclosed as hard wood floors under the carpet on the second floor are actually only wooden subflooring (we were unable to pull up carpeting on second floor...it seemed adhered to the floor). What should the seller be held responsible for? I feel helpless at this point! We don't want to give up the house but we want money back for repairs or we will be forced to walk away from the house.
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