Unfair Sales Practices and Consumer Fraud

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Question: I bought a home in Jan and on the MLS it said the house was 1819 sq. ft. When I contacted the city to find out about permits to do inprovements on the home I was told that the sq. ft is only 550 sq ft. I did not notices this on the deed as I was i first time home buyer and had ask that everyone involed walk me through the prosscess. Now I am told I can be fined and made to bring the additions up to code. I have sunk everything I have in this home

Answer: Frankly, you need to consult with a lawyer ASAP. There are too many variables for me to give you a definitive answer, but if you were misled about the size of the home or the fact that additions were done with permits and up to code, then you may have a claim for recission (or the unwinding of a contract) against the seller. Alternatively, you may have a claim for damages against them to compensate you for the money you may owe the city. One issue for you will be collectability but you need to get with a lawyer right away. Good luck

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  • I bought a home in Jan and on the MLS it said the house was 1819 sq. ft. When I contacted the city to find out about permits to do inprovements on the home I was told that the sq. ft is only 550 sq ft. I did not notices this on the deed as I was i first time home buyer and had ask that everyone involed walk me through the prosscess. Now I am told I can be fined and made to bring the additions up to code. I have sunk everything I have in this home

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