My question involves real estate located in the State of: Florida
To make a long story shorter....Bought a house a couple of years ago. Came home the other day to find that the local sewage pump station had lost power and that sewage had backed up into my house (came out the bottom of my toilets) and all over my front yard. Contacted the town and found out that that pump station "loses power a lot" but that this time it had taken longer for them to realize it, hence the larger back up. Spoke to the neighbors and found out that this had happend a few years ago to the person who sold the house to me. However, on the disclosure statement where it reads: Have you have ever sewage issues/ etc etc the seller checked No. Go figure the guy who sold the house to me stops by to talk to a neighbor of mine a few days later. I confronted him about it and he told me that it had happend before and that they weren't home at the time so the sewage sat there in the house until his Step-son came and cleaned it up! Obviously I'm taking this guy to court, but to be honest I would have never bought the house if I had known that this had happend before!
Is there a way under florida law that I can get the court to invalidate or rescind the buying contract on this house and make the previous sellers "buy it back"? If not, the town already covered the damages, that isn't what I'm looking for. Now that I've reported this to the town I'm not going to be able to sell this house since I'll have to disclose this on the disclosure statement nevermind the fact that now the house isn't worth nearly what I bought it for!! Who is going to buy it knowing that sewage could back up into it at any moment?
I've had a plumber install a safety valve that if it were to ever happen again the sewage would (hopefully) back up into my yard and not into my house and i've also contacted the town and they are installing a phone line on the pump station so that when it loses power they will know immediately and come fix it. So the likelihood of this happening again is slim to none, but I don't want to live here anymore in case it does. I would have never bought this house if I had known, so what can be done?
I definitely overpaid for this house (not that I would've even bought it...), AND now I won't even be able to sell it for anywhere near what I bought it for, if I can even sell it at all!!! \