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I am sorry to hear this.
It seems there are two questions here.
One is about the lawyer and one is about the potential liability of the previous owner. Which one would you like for me to address on this post?
This was not the duty of the real estate lawyer.
The lawyer's obligation is to check the title to ensure it is clear, review all the transfer documents to be sure that you are getting the land transferred properly and to ensure you are paying the correct amount at the correct time.
The lawyer would never check for building permits unless you hired the lawyer to do this as well.
And the lawyer would not necessarily even have any knowledge about a renovation.
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