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Buying a home on a private road with fees

We recently purchased a home on a private road. We are now receiving emails from our neighbors regarding fees that must be paid for repairing the road pavement. These fees will be over $1250 a year for the next ten years. We were NEVER disclosed of these fees or that there were in fact any fees needed to maintain this private street. In fact, in the section of the listing where it specifically asks if there are any other fee (HOA, etc) it answered NO. I have proof that the seller was aware of this pavement project for over a year AND the final disclosure form where he signed stating there were no community fees. I have contacted my attorney, however, he is in Africa. Does anyone have advice? Is he liable for these costs? Thanks!
  • February 11 2014 - US
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Contact your buyer's agent to see if he/she has a recommendation for a real estate attorney.  
  • February 11 2014
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This is really a legal question. You could start by requesting mediation with the seller. Many contracts will provide for that. Ask your agent to submit your request to the seller's agent. If that is unsuccessful you should seek legal advice first. You could have other options. If you can prove that the seller's agent knew but did not disclose, you could have a basis for a complaint or claim against the seller's agent. Hope it works out for you.
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