Buying a home is perhaps one of the largest investments you will ever make in your life. With this being the case, the last thing you want is to buy a home which is infested with termites. In the unfortunate event that you end up buying a home which has a serious termite problem, you have the right to sue the seller if they fail to disclose the information to you.
Failing to Disclose Termite Damage
Termites, often called ‘silent destroyers’, can chew their way through wooden floors, doors, windows, and furniture, which can not only cause a lot of cosmetic damage, but also compromise the structural integrity of the property.
Approximately 600,000 households in the country are damaged by termites every year. It is estimated that Americans spend around $5 billion every year to treat termite infestations and repair the damages caused as a result.
In other words, a termite infestation is a problem which – if not dealt with immediately – can pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of the people who reside in the property. This is why sellers in Mississippi are legally required to disclose the information to the buyer at the time of sale, so that the buyer can make an informed decision.
If the seller fails to disclose the presence of a serious pest infestation – either unintentionally or deliberately – you might be able to sue them and seek compensation for the damage caused by the infestation.
In some cases, however, the seller might not be at fault for not disclosing the termite problem. For example, if a seller has an annual maintenance contract with a pest control company and if the pest control experts fail to spot and remove the infestation or lie about the extent of the infestation, the seller might not even be aware of the fact that their home has a termite problem.
Some pest control companies are known to cheat their customers by using overpriced, ineffective treatments that do not get rid of the termite infestation completely. In these types of cases, only the termites that come into contact with the chemical are killed. The rest tend to stay burrowed deep within the structure, causing incalculable damage to the property.
If, on the other hand, the seller colludes with the pest control company, termite inspector, or the real estate agent to lie about the termite infestation and sell you the property at an inflated price, you can sue the seller and the other parties involved in the fraud and seek compensatory as well as punitive damages.
Recovering Damages for Termite Infestation in Mississippi
If your home has a termite problem, which the seller failed to disclose to you, you can file a termite litigation claim against the seller – as well as other parties who can be held responsible for not disclosing the information to you – and seek compensation for the following types of damages:
- The costs associated with repairing, renovating, and replacing the walls, floors, windows, doors, and other areas that are damaged by termite infestation
- The costs associated with moving to and living in a different place until your home is repaired and cleared of the infestation
- The costs associated with transporting and storing your household items in a different place until your home is cleared of the infestation
- The mental anguish caused by dealing with a termite infestation, moving to a different place, and spending your hard-earned money on repairs and renovation
Apart from the aforementioned compensatory damages, you might also be able to recover punitive damages from the at-fault parties in some cases. To be able to do so, you need to prove that there was an element of fraud and deliberate misrepresentation on the part of the seller and other at-fault parties.
Termite Litigation Lawyers in Mississippi
If you have been conned into buying a termite-infested property, you should immediately contact an experienced lawyer who can explain the legal options available to you, provide you with strong legal counsel, and help you recover damages from the parties at fault.
The experienced litigators at Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC can fully assess the property damage caused the infestation, identify the parties who had the duty to inform you of the infestation but failed to do so, and recover sufficient compensatory damages to cover the expenses associating with pest control treatment and the cost of repairing the damage caused to the property.
We have recovered compensatory damages worth upward of $1 billion for our clients over the years, and we know how to win these types of cases. You pay us no upfront attorney fees – you only win if we win. The consultation with us is free – so you have everything to gain by giving us a call.
If you are in need of a skilled and experienced litigator to guide you through the process of suing the seller, the pest control company, or any other party at fault, you can contact us at 228-374-5151 or message us online to speak to a member of our legal team.