I was trying to take in some Real Estate news as is my morning ritual and I run into this article about a man who came back from vacation to find a house that he just bough was demolished because the city inspector neglected to take the most appropriate action and stop the demolition.
Andre Hall (The new home owner) buys a foreclosed home, takes a holiday vacation and comes back to find his home in a pile of rubble. It appears that the demolition company not only destroyed the wrong house, the city only saw fit to leave them a message to not destroy the house. It seems reasonable to me that you would get verbal confirmation and acknowledgment from the demolition company that they can cancel the request.
How does the chief of the city's Bureau of building inspection respond you ask? In his infinite wisdom he say "A couple things went awry, the house next door was to be demolished, and the contractor in error, took this house down as well." WoW! That makes it all better. My suggestion is that Mr. Hall find a good attorney and a great Realtor to help him find a new house that the city will be purchasing for him. Mr or Mrs. Realtor, find him a good one.