Hi, My husband and I bought a house in Sept/Oct last year. The prior owners did not disclose that they smoked in the bathrooms. In Jan/Feb, during heavy rains, we started getting water coming in the house. Water was coming in through a section of the roof and down a wall in our garage. Water was also coming in through the top of the sliding glass door that leads out to the patio, and water was coming in from the bottom of the frame of a window in the master bedroom. The prior owners did not disclose ANY of those issues. We thought that maybe they were new but the wall in the garage showed signs of water drying on it, the sliding glass door and the bedroom window show rust and oxidation. Home inspection
did not identify any of these issues.
We spent a couple thousand dollars repairing the roof and garage wall. Contractors
tell us we will need approx. $12,000 to repair the water problems around the sliding door and window. It is not just a matter or replacing the door and window. There are problems around the framing, flashing, stucco, etc.
The prior owners were the original owners so they must have known. The oxidation points to this being a problem which has been happening for a while. Also, they painted over frames I guess to conceal the issues. The house was built in 1998 and we bought it in 2015.
I have also learned that other people in this same neighborhood have filed construction
defect cases involving these problems against the home builder. However, I also learned that there is a 10 year statute of limitations to file a claim against the home builder and that time has passed. We would like advice on how we should proceed and what it might cost us to pursue a claim against the prior owners through legal means. Your help is much appreciated