I purchased a home which was originally a 1.5 story with existing exterior brick chimney and had a home inspection. However, home owner did not disclose a second story was added nor other changes. The home had a 720 sq.ft. full second story addition added all drawings and a permit submitted and approved. Home owner created an in law suit (no permit found). I am now find several issues with the home. Who is at fault as the permit notes "completed" but deficiencies remained outstanding on the date of inspectors initials.
How should the brick chimney stack have been built up (frame work, fire blocking etc.)
Floor has too much bounce and support runs to hardwood floor on main floor not through to basement to carry the load.
HVAC does not distribute properly (too cold in winter/too hot in summer)
No cold air return on second floor
Attic relocated from what is noted on drawings and too small an opening (not to code)
Stairs way opening on drawing notes 3' however the construction stairs used, remain in place and the run is longer than original stair case.
Should this responsibility not fall on the city inspector who did not properly inspect the process of construction? Stop work orders, no occupancy until compliance etc.??
Desperate for answers
Sorry to hear about your issues. This was the exact topic on news talk 1010 radio the other day, A recent court ruling basically said you had the home inspected and you bought it, therefor buyer beware, if your real-estate issue specifically asked them questions regarding some of your issues and they lied about it then you can go after them. In regards to the inspector it sounds like he did note several definciencies so he did his job, the inspector wouldn't go back till he received a cal back from the home owner. The system is flawed and a person who pulls the permit must have it closed of by the city before they can list the house to ensure crap like this doesn't happen. You may want to speak to a lawyer as the listed problems where never fixed and see if you have a civil suit against the previous home owner.
Mark is correct in what he says, but the fact is, it will likely cost you more in legal fees than the actual repairs.
Spend your money wisely.
Hire a good builder to " detect and correct" the major issues, live with the rest, spend the legal money you did not spend, on a great vacation this winter!
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