Can we hold the previous homeowner's home inspection company liable for repairs?
Question Details: After closing, we have found multiple issues that so far have cost us over 15K to repair. The previous homeowner fancied himself a handyman and did electrical/plumbing repairs himself. On day we were to move in, we smelled gas. I called in plumbers who found 4 different gas leaks and is willing to put in writing that these were obvious defects that any reasonable home inspector should have recognized and called out. Numerous other issues have been discovered and we have spent 15K to repair to date. What legal recourse do we have?
You can sue the home inspection company for negligence. Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable home inspection company would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm). The company is liable for the negligence of its employee which occurred during the course and scope of employment.
Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) are what was foreseeably caused by the inspector's negligence such as the cost of repairs.
Depending on the other issues you did not specify, if there was misrepresentation or nondisclosure by the seller , you may be able to sue the seller for fraud.