Hi there, I have written a few times on the same case and appreciate your help. TWO MESSAGE COMING. I wrote too long sorry!The Attorney I hired has been working on the case until today, as his motion to withdraw was approved by the Judge.
We did everything he asked since hiring him : Suing our real estate agent, the brokers agent, and the sellers.
As the quickest summary I can give:
2 years after I purchased the home we invited our Agent over to put it up for sale. IT was at that meeting that he informed
Us that the back living room was an added room ( originally a patio) that was enclosed and was not permitted. I was unaware of this until
This meeting. I reviewed all of my home docs—the sellers lied on the SPDS that no rooms were constructed or added on.
I emailed my Agent asking why I did not know about the unpermitted room at sale. His response in email “ I remember knowing”.
For the Sellers Agent: We found an original MLS about a year back stating this room was added and unpermitted. Then, that MLS was revised
To the one we saw and only one we saw in which she removed that statement.
Per my attorney, I hired a construction expert (actually 2) and had the City of Glendale Code Compliance team over to review the home and condition of this room. All verified the room was built not to code with many illegal items and would need to be torn down and rebuilt to code.
IN the deeper report by our construction expert witness: it was determined also that there is mold in the home from the issues in that room.
The big issues include: Water leaking through the roof ( tore an entire chunk out) and water heavily flooding into this room from the glass door when it rains. It was also found out that the back bedroom, AC, pool pump, entire outside patio covers, tiling, electrical were all added on and also not to code.My attorney urged us to go to trial. We had mediation
in Dec 2015 which was a huge waste of time. My attorney and the mediator were completely unprepared. It was a HUGE bill for me and we got nowhere. My agents attorneys offered to settle for $5K which was absurd. To tear down that room and rebuild to code would cost $60+K. The Sellers agents offered the same. Neither one did we accept. The sellers continue to declare they have no money and have done nothing with the Case. They have not hired an attorney. My attorney urged us not to even go after them since they would just claim bankruptcy.
The inspection report on the sale of the home : It was advised by my Agent to use the previous person that almost bought the home inspection report. We did. It was an 8 page report and never mentioned a word on this added room. It only mentions the ‘possibility of a covered patio that may have been enclosed”. In reading that statement it is very vague and I always thought of the covered patios as the ones that were added on outside. These were added and overhang onto the neighbors yard. ( also not to code)