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If a hidden defect is discovered, there are steps to follow and pitfalls to avoid.
For instance, it is imperative to report the existing problem to the seller, in writing. Furthermore, unless it is an emergency situation, the repairs must not be undertaken until the seller, or his expert, comes to the premises and witnesses the facts.
Most people experiencing a litigious situation about a hidden defect do not know what to do. We are able to, at the very first meeting, explain to the clients what steps to follow as well as the order in which they should be undertaken.
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Steps to follow upon the discovery of a hidden defect
Disputes on hidden defects often require one or more experts to determine the source of the problem, whether it has existed since the sale of the building, how the defect should be repaired and an estimate of the costs of such repairs.
We have a network of professionals from different backgrounds who have the credibility and experience as expert witnesses for the Court.
Did you know? We succeed in negotiating an OUT-OF-COURT settlement in 90% of our cases.
When dealing with a hidden defect file, we could ask for an analysis of the pre-purchase inspection, search for an engineer and/or obtain quotes on the cost of the work to be done.
Following this, we may have to prepare the evidence, build your case, try to find an amicable settlement and, if necessary, illustrate the different scenarios and their success rate in Court. We are there for you.
Discovering a hidden defect can be a difficult experience. That it is why I wish to accompany people faced with this type of problem and guide them in their decision-making.
Me Sylvain Lemyre, lawyer