Originally Posted By: dbowers
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Every state has its own statute of limitations - unless your licensing law specifically states the liability stops 1 year out or 2 years out, etc.
In Missouri and Kansas we have a 5 & 7 year limit of liability from the time the owner discovered there was a problem.
All of go through this at times. Several months ago I had a lady call me complaining about the fact that she had company in town for the weekend and every time they took a shower, the bath exhaust fan would run for maybe 10 minutes then squeal loudly and stop.
She told me she'd had a plumber out on the weekend to fix it and it cost her $265 (her husband travels and she is going to school at nights working on her masters degree - so the weekend was the only time they could stay home to meet the plumber). She wanted us to pay for it - I kindly explained if its doing that when we inspected the house, we would report it - otherwise I don't own a crystal ball. I turned down her generous offer to pay for this - she cursed and hung up.
About 3 weeks later I get a letter from the BBB telling me she's written a complaint and wanting our side. I wrote them a short note and explained I'm not in the crystal ball business - its doing it or not doing it when I'm there. I suggested she call the sellers if she was that excited.
She wrote a complaint letter to the local Board of Realtors and one of the Inspection Associations I belong to telling them what a horrible person I was because I didn't pay for a bath exhaust fan that started acting up 11 weeks after we inspected the house.
I started to send her a check, then thought BS and had our attorney write her a nice letter using words like libel, slander, etc. We told her if we heard from her again we'd see her in court. She wrote an apology.
If you're wrong pay for it - if not, then follow Sam Waltons crede - Hell No!