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Lawsuit seeks to undo real estate transaction due to rats

In Florida real estate, the main goal is for both parties - the seller and the purchaser - to be happy with the result. A real estate transaction can be a complex endeavor, especially when it is a private residence that a property owner is selling to another. Various issues will arise. Often, these can be settled amicably and to the satisfaction of all. However, there are also issues that come up that make it necessary to consider a legal filing. Having assistance from an attorney who is well-versed in state real estate law is essential.

A man who bought a condominium on the Florida waterfront found a surprise when he alleges that he discovered it was infested by rats. The man has filed a lawsuit over the issue. The man, who is the son of a state attorney, claims that the real estate company committed breach of contract, fraud and negligence. The buyer says that the company was aware of the rat problem, but did not inform him before he spent more than $380,000 on the property. It is a condominium and has two bedrooms. The purchase was made in June of 2016.

After he moved in, the man says that he heard noises overnight in the residence and smelled a foul odor. When he investigated, he found the rat problem with dead carcasses, bodily fluids and nests. He moved out in May of 2017 and says that to get rid of the rats and fix the problems, the entire building will ostensibly need to be rebuilt. He says that he later learned the property had been rented in 2015 and the renters found rodents in the kitchen later that year. They were permitted to terminate their lease. The plaintiff wants his money back as well as compensation for other factors such as getting a new apartment, lost wages and damages.

For sellers and buyers of real estate, there are a litany of issues that can arise throughout the process. If a buyer has problems with rodents or anything else with a property and was not aware of it beforehand, a lawsuit might be needed if the people cannot come to an agreement to handle it. For the seller, there could be unfounded accusations and an attempt to place blame on that which was not their responsibility. From either position, legal help with a real estate transaction is key and should be part of the process from the beginning.

Source:, "Miami-Dade State Attorney's son sues over rodent-infested condo in Coral Gables," Francisco Alvarado, Sept. 22, 2017

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