Pauline, thank you for the additional information. In order to have a valid cause of action against the seller/previous home owner, you are going to need to prove and show that they knew about the mold issue at the time the home was sold and failed to disclose it and/or hid it so it would not be revealed upon inspection or when you performed the walk through. The home is nine months old, so it is going to be hard to show if this problems was present at the time you purchased the home or developed after. You would likely need to bring in someone to inspect it, who is an expert, to determine how long the issue has been present and if it was possible that there were any signs that it was present and should have been noticed. It is possible it was there but nobody ever knew about it and as a result of the current temperature, is just coming out now. Moreover, there could have been an issue with the pipes and leaking that happened after you bought the home, which caused this. If you were to file a lawsuit against them for damages
, they would likely come back and say this happened after the fact. As such, they should not pay. This is why I suggest having a professional inspect the home and see if there is a way to at least determine the age of it and then determine if something was done to try and hide it, which could be traced back to them and their actions.
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