What are the consequences of discovering defects in a home after taking possession of a property?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Hanslo v. Barry, 2011 BCSC 1624 (CanLII):

In Cardwell v. Perthen, 2006 BCSC 333 [Cardwell], the plaintiffs sued the defendant for damages for a number of defects that they discovered after taking possession of a house. Having discovered the defects the plaintiffs resold the house at a loss and claimed damages equal to the amount of their loss on resale. The plaintiffs based their claim on negligence (including negligent misrepresentation), fraud and breach of contract.

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