What should I do if the house I bought has faults?

A home you purchased must have the properties that the buyer could expect based on the purchase agreement. The home must be suitable for normal use. In this context, what the selling party told the buyer about the home is important when concluding the agreement, and whether the buyer has surveyed the building. If the seller guaranteed that the house is suitable for normal use, the seller is liable for any faults. Often, purchasing contracts limit or exclude the seller’s liability in this respect, for example with an age clause. The seller has an obligation to report any faults that they are aware of, and that they know or should know that these may affect the buyer’s decision to buy.

In the event of a fault, the buyer must send a complaint to the seller in due time. The buyer may then claim fulfilment of the contract or file a claim for compensation. In some cases, the purchasing contract may be dissolved or voided.

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