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Did your written contract specify that the seller would be responsible for all clean up and removal?
Or did it eventually boil down to them putting $1000 towards clean up costs and you agreed to accept that amount?
I think that you would have fairly strong legal footing to sue the seller for breach of contract as the 1000 was just the estimated amount that it might cost. They knew that they buried the illegal items and this was a material fact that they failed to disclose. If they had done so, you would have likely refused to close untill it was cleaned up. So they misrepresented the problem here and that could be viewed as fraud.
So I think that if you had a local attorney send them a demand letter for your estimated costs of clean up, they might just pay it rather than have to hire an attorney, defend in court and likely lose..
You are very welcome. Happy to help any time. And I completely agree with you had you known what they actually did here..
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