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You have every right to heed the recommendations of professionals to replace the two fireplaces and have the seller pay her/his share of the cost. If the seller is not allowing the funds to be released, then you have to file lawsuit against the escrow agent and the seller to force the escrow agent to release the funds. You should also ask the Court to award you Court costs. That is to order the seller to pay for your Court fees. Since the disputed amount is $1,800.00, you can file this lawsuit in Small Claims Session. Click here for Small Claims forms and instructions.
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You can file lawsuit against the escrow agent. The lawsuit can be filed in the Small Claims Court because of the amount involved.
I cannot tell you what statement to send to the Seller because I am not your Attorney and more importantly the site's terms of service do not allow me to act as such. Nonetheless, you would need to make a request to the escrow agent for the release of the funds as agreed by you and the Seller. If the escrow agent refuses to release the funds because the Seller is disputing the amount needed for the repairs, then you have to file lawsuit against the escrow agent to force the agent to release the funds.