Galveston woman claims housing authority lied about home's condition

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 24, 2011, 11:57am

GALVESTON - Tammy Sharper is suing the Galveston Redevelopment and Community Enterprise Corp. and the Galveston Housing Authority, complaining the entities lied to her about a home she purchased from them after Hurricane Ike.

A lawsuit filed Sept. 19 in Galveston County District Court claims G.R.A.C.E. and GHA informed Sharper the property in the 4420 block of South Live Oaks Circle was free of defects or problems, but the plaintiff discovered several after she moved into the residence.

The defendants' representations in June 2009 convinced Sharper to buy the home, the
suit says.

Court papers show the structure, however, was among the thousands which suffered massive flooding when the Category 2 storm made landfall on Galveston Island on Sept. 13, 2008.

Sharper says she noticed problems with the heating and air conditioning unit, the wooden and tile floors, the dishwasher, the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, carpeting, the toilets, the electrical outlets and the paint on the walls immediately after she moved in.

"The defendants either did not disclose or adequately inform the plaintiff of the true and full extent of which the property had flooded, although the defendants had actual knowledge of the extent to which the property flooded," the suit says.

Consequently, Sharper seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by The Canady Law Firm.

Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-1478

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