Did an inspection today. House was a foreclosure Bank owned REO) mess that had multiple water problems (most headers were rotted, rotted floor joists, etc).
There was a “back porch” that head to a 2nd floor door. The porch was not compliant and rotted. The landing for the 2nd floor door looked cantuilevered, but was not (as I found out).
When I went out on this landing, I fell through (the joists were not properly supported, etc. I fell on my butt and a knee, skinning the knee. No real damage to me.
The listing agent got in my face, telling me that I was responsible to fix the porch. He just would not let go. Finally, the buyer’s agent and the client told him to shut up, saying that he was lucky that I didn’t sue him and the bank. He then shut up and looked thoughtful and left the inspection.
In any case, the client will not be buying the house. It was a real POS.
On the ride home, I got a call from someone at the bank. He was asking for my fax number so he could fax me something. I asked him what. He said it was a waiver that I “had to sign” because of the fall. I told him, “I ain’t signing anything” and hind up.
Please understand. I was not really hurt and have no intention of suing anyone. I really hate people who “get hurt” and “cash in”. Although I am sure that many people actually do get hurt, for no fault of their own, and are entitled to some compensation, I also believe that the majority of these cases are lawyer drive scams.
So, I get home. Then I get a call from the bank’s lawyer. He offers me a check for $1,000 (which he will deposit, directly, to my bank) if I will sign a waiver. I tell him no, I have to talk to my lawyer.
1/2 hour later, he calls back and ups it to $3,000. I still say no.
I am waiting to see how high they go. Understand, I am not going to accept any check or sue, but I am also not going to sign a waiver.
One cannot buy such entertainment as this. :mrgreen: