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    Default Multiple Deceptions by a Home Seller

    My question involves civil rights in the State of: florida. I purchased a property in a well established part of town. The realtor showed us the main house and the garage that had been converted into an apartment. We made an offer to the seller, wired the money, signed the papers and were presented the keys to our property. We went to put something in the back apartment and someone was moving in. They said they had rented the back apartment. We later were informed that we only purchased the front house. There was nothing to indicate this when we're shown the property. Now both properties are non. Compliant. The back property has no water meter. Their water comes from. The front property. The electric meter is also addressed through the front house. The back apt has no access to the street. They have alley access. We were not informed of any of this. How can we sue the seller for non disclosure? We want our money back and compensation for pain and suffering.

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    Default Re: Deception Galore

    Take all the documents you have from the sale and see a civil litigation attorney for advice. Without seeing what you signed off on in the contract it is impossible to know if you have any good claim out of this at all. Never go just by what the sales person shows you on the walk through. You always need to check what the contract and deed say it is that you are actually getting. If the documentation is pretty clear on what you were getting and you just blindly signed it then this may fall on you.

    You won't get any damages for pain and suffering out of this. Courts award those in personal injury cases and you suffered no personal injury here. But if you can prove fraud you can get extra damages for that.

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    Default Re: Deception Galore

    We never got a disclosure form. We never got a copy of our deed until Feb. Yes the deed does say in fine print about the minus 77 sly ft. However nothing else about the shared meters non compliance or pulled permits that were never done

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    Default Re: Deception Galore

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    My question involves civil rights in the State of: florida. I purchased a property in a well established part of town. The realtor showed us the main house and the garage that had been converted into an apartment. We made an offer to the seller, wired the money, signed the papers and were presented the keys to our property. We went to put something in the back apartment and someone was moving in. They said they had rented the back apartment. We later were informed that we only purchased the front house. There was nothing to indicate this when we're shown the property. Now both properties are non. Compliant. The back property has no water meter. Their water comes from. The front property. The electric meter is also addressed through the front house. The back apt has no access to the street. They have alley access. We were not informed of any of this. How can we sue the seller for non disclosure? We want our money back and compensation for pain and suffering.
    First of all, this has nothing to do with civil rights. It has to do with the land you bought and if the sale was a legal sale. There is some missing information in determining that that you need to supply. It's not just about disclosure by the seller. It's also about if the property was legally subdivided into two lots before the sale. That is a question that can be answered by your local jurisdiction (be it county or municipality).

    In addition, you obviously didn't have a title insurance company involved in the sale.

    There are zoning and use laws that stipulate things like minimum lot size, access, and use. Each lot is given a designation for tax purposes by the local jurisdiction be it by lot and block or parcel number. So if this lot you bought includes the garage in the tax assessor's office records, then there was no subdivision of the land and the lot includes both the house and the garage.

    A seller today cannot decide to sell just part of the land, with a few exceptions (like selling a building without selling the land) without first subdividing the property.

    So go to your local tax office and find out what the status of the land is. If you find that the lot includes the garage, then you are also paying taxes on land that you supposedly don't own.

    Take what you find to a local attorney and find out what can be done to rescind the sale.

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