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Old 05-22-2018, 11:33 AM
 
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I live in a rowhome in Philly and the house next to me had been owned by a house flipping company. Last summer they redid the whole house and in the process opened up our walls and left it exposed when there was a torrential downpour. Water came pouring in our house and we had 6k worth of damage. Was a whole disaster, had police and firemen out to try and cover the hole because we couldn't get a hold of the neighbors. The neighbors offered to help fix it but were extremely shady about it and when we asked if we could use our own workers they got in a huge fight with our worker and screamed at us to take them to court and made a huge scene. We ended up going through our insurance and hoped that our insurance could subrogate from theirs and reclaim the money plus my 1k deductible. It has been a year and apparently our insurance has not been able to get a hold of the neighbors and the claim is now with a subrogation law firm (who also says they're being unresponsive).


The neighbors also banged so hard on our walls that they knocked all our pictures off the wall, shattering glass everywhere, they broke our fence in the back and we had to move to a hotel one night because they used polyurethane paint on the floors and it seeped in to our house. On top of that I was newly pregnant so was extremely worried about the effect on my baby.


My dad is a personal injury lawyer so he sent a letter to them threatening litigation if they did not comply and they sent the letter back signed. I assumed that meant they agreed but they never called or sent us any money.


Now my husband just mentioned that his realtor client said we better act fast because once the house is sold, the company could close old company and get out of paying the damages. Well we just found out the house is sold and the company changed their name! Has anyone seen this before and know if we can still recover? I am thinking we should just take them to small claims court at this point but if we can't recover than I will just be out more money! Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Your dad is an attorney?
If he isn't comfortable with the proceedings, have him refer you to a litigator. One with a detective on retainer to locate these gems.

Get a fat lien on the house, and it will be harder for them to sell, although a new owner may be the best thing that could happen to you.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:10 PM
 
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Your dad is an attorney?
If he isn't comfortable with the proceedings, have him refer you to a litigator. One with a detective on retainer to locate these gems.

Get a fat lien on the house, and it will be harder for them to sell, although a new owner may be the best thing that could happen to you.
They already sold the house as of yesterday. They were property flippers that owned it and have now sold it to an individual. Going to see if my dad has any referrals for real estate attorneys but worried I am just wasting more of my time and money ugh.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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They already sold the house as of yesterday. They were property flippers that owned it and have now sold it to an individual. Going to see if my dad has any referrals for real estate attorneys but worried I am just wasting more of my time and money ugh.
Whoops.
I missed your last sentence.

Hope your new neighbors are an upgrade over flippers.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:42 PM
 
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small court claim is good idea, it cost you very little and require no lawyer.
however, they can always appeal and take it to higher court, by then, it will cost you more money....

i can refer you a real estate attorneys but in Pittsburgh, i am sure there's great attorney in philly too, i just dont know any.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:53 PM
 
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Why did you wait so long?
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:01 PM
 
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Why did you wait so long?
I have to ask the same thing.

Sounds like the flippers scammed and conned the OP into a waiting game until sold, got paid and dissolve the company. I would sue the attorney for malpractice as no attorney should have let this go so long with nothing but a dumb letter!
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:03 AM
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Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Your dad is a PI attorney and you didn't get him on this ASAP??? This makes no sense, but honestly your insurance company is the one that dropped the ball here. It's their right to recover damages thru subrogation once you went through them, did you make them aware legal action should have been taken before the house sold again, which you believed was imminent?

Every day I deal with people who wait till it's 1 day too late to handle a situation. You can still sue these people, but it would be nice if you could have put a lien against the house while they owned it.
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