Home Buyers May Sue Sellers Over Mold Problem
(WCSH6.com NEWS CENTER), June 27, 2009 -- A New Hampshire couple may take
the former owners of their home to court after they discovered mold, water
leaks and a faulty foundation.
Tasha and Chad Bennett moved into their rural home in May. During all the
recent rain, water began leaking into the basement. Bennett then found
rotting sideboards and support beams under layers of plastic and new
insulation. Outside he found layers of mold under his vinyl siding.
The town building inspector says some of the plumbing, electrical work and
the porches on the home are not up to code. Bennett says he didn't notice
anything when he first looked at the home, thanks to a fresh coat of paint
in the basement.
"This is all just mold, it started to grow back up the wall. He didn't
take care of the problem, he just painted it and covered it up," said
Bennett says a home inspection by HouseMaster in Rochester, New Hampshire
didn't uncover any of the problems. The company says their inspectors do
not check for mold, code violations or any hidden problems.
The couple is considering suing the former homeowner to help them pay for
more than $80,000 in repairs that are needed to make their home liveable.