Can I sue the previous owner regarding unpermitted work?

Question Details: My sister and I purchased a house about a year ago and twice now a pipe in the basement bathroom has disconnected mid-shower. We discovered that the previous owner did all the work putting it all in and didn't obtain permits from the city so it's likely that nothing is up to code. I know the city is going to fine him but can we sue to have it all replaced professionally?

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