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Vendor liability for innocent misrepresentation and undiscovered weathertightness defects – Grant v Ridgeway

Parker & Associates - Thursday, December 20, 2018

Whether vendors should be liable for innocent misrepresentation and undiscovered weathertightness defects in the sale of existing homes is a controversial question currently eliciting differing responses in the Courts. The question typically arises after a buyer settles a house purchase and then discovers error in the information provided by or on behalf of the vendor, or major weathertightness and/or other defects in the property. In a recent case, Grant v Ridgeway Empire Limited [2018] NZHC 2642, a buyer succeeded in a case against the vendor when post-sale expert investigations revealed extensive weathertightness defects and damage.

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