who's at fault

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I have a friend in another state that just bought a house. They went through all of their inspection  and thought it was a great home. After the closing she went to city hall to pick up occupancy permit only to find out that they could not get one because the seller didn't fix the $6000.00 of electrical work that failed the city inspection. The seller told no one supposedly.

So who dropped the ball, selling agent, buyers agent, buyer or did the seller screw everyone?  


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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
Keith, was it a new home that required an occupancy permit?  Here we only need one for new homes.
Mar 30, 2007 02:01 PM #1
Keith Zimmer
RE/MAX Results - Saint Louis, MO
Kay, no it was a thirty year old home that had upgraded electric but was no done to code.
Mar 30, 2007 04:43 PM #2
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Been there, done that. Who is to fault? Well, obviously, the Sellers for not disclosing that the house didn't pass the final. The inspector shouldn't have inspected the home without an occupancy permit issued. There is no guarantee that everything is completed until you have the occupancy permit. The Buyer shouldn't have waited until AFTER closing to pick up the occupancy permit. So everyone has some degree of fault.

Mar 30, 2007 07:05 PM #3
Greg Zaccagni
The Federal Savings Bank - Wheaton, IL
Illinois Mortgage Lender

Shouldn't the village have placed a lien of the property for the cost of the repair?  That way they would be assured the improvments would have been funded before the deed tranfered.

Greg Z

Jul 18, 2007 02:44 PM #4
Rob Weiman
Mound City Auctions - Saint Louis, MO
CAI, GPPA, AARE, CES, St. Louis Auctions

Rob Weiman wiring a panel.What about the "Electrician"? If he was hired to fix the electrical problems but did not follow the code I would think he would share some of the blame.

I am a Licensed Master Electrician in St. Charles County and I know my work is my responsibility.


Jul 31, 2007 01:02 PM #5
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