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Old 03-15-2012, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I don't know how extensive this is, but you should have had a lawyer representing you at closure and there are laws regarding having to disclose problems with the property. Maybe you can get some reimbursement for a cleanup.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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I would find a trusted source to learn how to clean this up without making yourself sick. I would also expect an odor after cleanup that would have to be taken care of. They obviously went out of their way to conceal this and I would have an issue about that especially if it is extensive. That is just really filthy, yuck!
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: My little patch of Earth
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I don't know how extensive this is, but you should have had a lawyer representing you at closure and there are laws regarding having to disclose problems with the property. Maybe you can get some reimbursement for a cleanup.
I agree! It may be too late since the deal has closed. But the OP should read the disclosure forms to backup any claim since it's clearly a willful act and a health issue to boot.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:51 PM
 
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Unfortunately, I bought the house as-is from a contractor who was flipping it off a foreclosure. Considering the former owners, not the contractor buried the trash, it would be next to impossible to prove the contractor knew anything about it. The bottom line is that I bought this problem and now I need to deal with it.

I spent all today trying to sort the mess out. I took two trailer loads to the landfill, but it was expensive, messy, difficult, and time consuming. The worst part was I hardly put a dent in the problem. I only removed perhaps 10%, so what I'm doing clearly isn't working.

I feel like I'm back at square one. Any suggestions.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Unfortunately, I bought the house as-is from a contractor who was flipping it off a foreclosure. Considering the former owners, not the contractor buried the trash, it would be next to impossible to prove the contractor knew anything about it. The bottom line is that I bought this problem and now I need to deal with it.

I spent all today trying to sort the mess out. I took two trailer loads to the landfill, but it was expensive, messy, difficult, and time consuming. The worst part was I hardly put a dent in the problem. I only removed perhaps 10%, so what I'm doing clearly isn't working.

I feel like I'm back at square one. Any suggestions.
I'm having a hard time picturing the scope of the problem, but could you rent a tiller and just cultivate the heck out of that area, let it compost and settle for a while (like a year) and then cover with grass sod?
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