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Mold Issues with home we purchased

Hi Everyone, 

We purchased a townhome and its been about 2 years now through a bank foreclosure. Ever since we purchased the home we've had more and more health issues with respect to breathing problems when we would wake up and coughing. It turns out the building in our townhome had mold issues. We've also now noticed black mold by the sliding door to our balcony and under the wooden blinds. We are at a loss as to what legal recourse we have against the real estate agent that sold us the property and or the home inspector we used. Help! 





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What can you do?  As you talked with the town home community association and discovered mold is a common problem, what steps is the association taking to improve the situation?      Perhaps it is a community issue requiring exterior leaks being repaired or better ventilation in each of the units.

Have you had a mold professional out to evaluate the situation, and what actions need to be taken? 

Is there a reason to think that the agent knew of the issue, and/or the inspector blew it off?  Agents with foreclosures are often starting from scratch with no knowledge of the property except for what is obvious on the surface.    It is the buyer's responsibility to investigate thoroughly any possible issues.   Most inspectors' forms have a long list of disclaimers at the bottom that you will have signed.
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I am currently under contract on a home myself and just had inspections done on Thursday. As I read through everything I signed with the inspection companies, it seems as if it would be very difficult to seek legal recourse for anything they didn't find later. 

And for an agent to be at fault, they would nearly have to have undisclosed knowledge of the mold issues.

The only real advice anyone here can likely give is to seek legal advice from an attorney.
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