When Previous Flood Damage to Homes Is Not Disclosed to Buyers: What You MUST KnowApril 18, 2019
When you buy a new home, there are all sorts of new things to discover, from your favorite new room to the neighborhood and more. What you don’t want to discover is that your new home was damaged or flooded by Hurricane Harvey.
Whether you’re getting ready to buy a new home or you’ve recently purchased one, here’s what you need to know about undisclosed flood damage and your legal options.
If you need legal advice related to your specific situation, simply contact a Houston attorney at the Amaro Law Firm. We’re here for you, ready to give you the answers you need so you can get on the path to recovery.
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3 Important Facts to Know About Failures to Disclose Previous Flooding to Homes & Property Misrepresentation Claims
- There are ways to check if the home you’ve recently purchased has suffered Harvey flood damage – Hire a water damage inspector to examine the home. You can also walk around the neighborhood and ask residents directly. Another option is to search online for a CLUE report. This Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange report is created by insurers (and others) for claims against properties over the last seven years. Finding a flood damage claim for your property is a clear red flag.
- There are certain requirements that have to be met to have a case – If you do find out that someone has misrepresented the property you’ve just purchased and you bought a home with Harvey damage, you’ll need to be able to establish that the damage pre-existed your purchase of the home. You’ll also need to prove that:
- The defect wasn’t obvious enough for you to have (or should have) noticed before you bought the home.
- You were never told about the damage, or you were told lies to about it.
- You made the decision to purchase based on the nondisclosures or false statements.
- You’ve suffered financial losses as a result of the misrepresentation and purchase.
- There’s limited time to file a claim – Texas law sets strict time limits, statutes of limitations, for property misrepresentation cases. Depending on your situation, you may have two to four years to file. Also, it’s important to realize that the sooner you move forward:
- The more peace of mind you’ll gain knowing that your claim has not expired
- The more likely it is that there’s more available evidence
- The stronger your claim can be (with more available evidence)
- The sooner you can get on the path to recovery and justice.
Did You Buy a House Without Knowing It Suffered Harvey Flood Damage? A Houston Personal Injury & Fraud Lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm Can Help You
If you’ve discovered undisclosed flood damage on a home you recently purchased, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Houston lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm. We’re ready to provide you with helpful answers, clear advice, and exceptional representation in the pursuit of justice and financial recovery.
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