Asked by Alex, Palo Alto, CA • Sun Aug 17, 2008
I just bought a condo. There were two termite inspections done on the property before closing: one by the seller in June, and another by myself after making the offer. Both were done by licensed inspectors, and both came back without any red flags.
The day after I got the keys to the condo, I started taking away a bookcase attached to the wall, and found a live termite infestation. The bookcase was definitely eaten away by the termites, and I'm not sure if there is any other damage to the property. (I'll be getting a few inspectors there shortly.)
My question is: What can I do? I have literally spent only a few hours at this condo, and already found this huge termite problem. So clearly, there is some gross negligence on the part of the inspectors -- I can't imagine how one can argue that it is not obvious.
I don't know, and don't know if I can prove, that the seller knew about this and intentionally failed to disclose it.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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