How to alert buyers of existing issues?

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Submitted by JC on February 15, 2019 - 3:29pm

Hola. I have a neighbor who is involved in a major construction project that attempted to encroach and who has been very unresponsive to requests to stop damaging my property during said construction project. The construction likely (but not certainly) caused a belly in our shared sewer line. The county and city agree that it is likely their issue but think the only way I can get them to fix is to sue. As jerky as they have been, I have no desire to sue anyone. I think they are trying to flip the house, so I tried to have the sewer line video recorded into the property record for any potential buyers to be aware of but was told that I can't do that. Anyone have any non aggressive ways to alert potential buyers that they may have a costly sewer fix on their hands or will a general property inspection reveal that? I will try to send a certified letter to the current owners to advise of the issue but they have not responded to any of my polite messages thus far.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on February 15, 2019 - 3:38pm.

Send a certified letter to the selling broker. If they know about an issue, they must disclose.

Keep a copy of the letter you sent to the current owner.

Provide all the info to the next owner and let them do with it what they want.

Or if you see people coming over to look at the house, go talk to them.

Submitted by gzz on February 15, 2019 - 5:03pm.

If they are damaging your property and not fixing it, sounds like they are being the aggressive ones.

Submitted by JC on February 15, 2019 - 10:37pm.

Thank you. Very sound advice. And, they are being the aggressive ones, but I want to live here in peace for a long time. They are probably flipping as it would not be smart to be this jerky when you live super close and share a sewer line. I love my neighborhood and most of my neighbors.

Submitted by Hobie on February 16, 2019 - 12:11pm.

Time to get your ducks in a row. Get a plumber to document the damage. Get pics showing how construction is causing damage. Get letters from city/county (long shot). Have lawyer send letter as now they are on notice. Plus, filing a lawsuit will cloud title and may provide incentive for them to be more cooperative and fix problems.

Submitted by JC on February 17, 2019 - 7:33am.

Ugh, but thank you very much.

I already have video of the line from a plumber and a second opinion from another plumber plus the input from the city and county. I also have the first certified letter I sent to the owner and general contractor covering the encroachment, damage to my property and aggressive behavior of the contractor (actually claimed I was not allowed to talk to the owner of the property?!?), all of the emails to the project manager at the city and the code violation reports. I am sure I can find a way to save the terrible texts from the general contractor and have all of this ready.

It's a little late for this, but I still don't understand why a neighbor would not alert another neighbor of a major construction project and try to work with them throughout so as to avoid this kind of conflict. Nor, do I understand why a general contractor would be this jerky. I would think word of mouth would be pretty important?

Thanks again for the help.

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