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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could give me some quick advice, me and my partner moved in to an old property in October 2018 where after 4 months we had found that water was escaping all round the bathroom and the ceiling collapsed and know we need a new bath room and ceiling as well as recently discovering that there’s a problem with the roof and now water is coming in to the bedroom just wondering could there be any responsibility with the previous owner as nothing was picked up when we bought it ?
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  • _shel_shel Forumite
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    Danp321 wrote: »
    Hello, I was wondering if anyone could give me some quick advice, me and my partner moved in to an old property in October 2018 where after 4 months we had found that water was escaping all round the bathroom and the ceiling collapsed and know we need a new bath room and ceiling as well as recently discovering that there’s a problem with the roof and now water is coming in to the bedroom just wondering could there be any responsibility with the previous owner as nothing was picked up when we bought it ?

    What did your survey say about the roof?
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  • DarksliderDarkslider Forumite
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    You might have an avenue with the surveyor but our (RICS Homebuyers) survey came with several pages of terms and conditions that basically said: we're only human and we might miss things or not be able to see absolutely everything, so it's still up to you to make sure you're happy with the condition of the property on purchase and any problems with it are yours to deal with.

    I'd be surprised if you haven't got similar but it's worth investigating.
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    Seeing as it's an 'old property' you did pay for your own independant survey?
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    Given how significant the problems appear, it would seem odd for them to go undetected for 4 months. Certainly no hope of a claim against the seller anyway, potentially against the surveyor (if there was a survey...) if they failed to pick up on something which they ought to have.
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    davidmcn wrote: »
    Given how significant the problems appear, it would seem odd for them to go undetected for 4 months.
    4mo for the bathroom leak - but 15mo for the roof leaks...
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    AdrianC wrote: »
    4mo for the bathroom leak - but 15mo for the roof leaks...
    Oh yes. Still can't get used to this new-fangled year...even less hope for the OP then if they want to persuade anybody that this was a pre-existing problem.
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    Danp321 wrote: »
    just wondering could there be any responsibility with the previous owner as nothing was picked up when we bought it ?


    I can't understand how someone who last owned the property over a year ago can have any responsibility for its condition now.
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    You can't blame problems on previous owners if these leaks have only been discovered & you having already owned the property for this length of time. When buying the house if there had been existing water problems for a reasonable length of time there would have been damp marks showing in the bedroom where water was coming in & also on the ceiling of the room below the bathroom.

    Older properties do require regular maintenance & after heavy rain the rooms below the roof should be checked for any water inlet. This is something I did religiously to satisfy myself that there were no roof problems.
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    Davesnave wrote: »
    I can't understand how someone who last owned the property over a year ago can have any responsibility for its condition now.


    Its like this for anything you sell now,people seem to think they get a lifetime warranty,its a minefield.
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  • PufletPuflet Forumite
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    Sadly, after all this time, the property's condition is nobody's responsibility but your own.

    Presumably there weren't water stains when the property was initially inspected, so the problems with the bathroom plumbing and roof seem to have developed since. Previous owners can't be held liable for repairs which happen after they move on.

    However, have you checked your buildings insurance policy to see if they would be able to help? You wouldn't be covered for the roof leak ('wear and tear'), but you might well be able to claim the costs of redecorating and making good the damage caused by the roof leak .

    You don't say how old your house is, but I know from personal experience that old houses, though they may be charming and full of character, do take a lot of maintenance. I once told my next door neighbour that it felt as though I was living permanently in a house 'under construction' - and he responded that it was 'one of the joys of owning a cottage'!

    Good luck with all this!
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