Buyer of Crystal Beach home alleges defects were not disclosed to her before purchase

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Sep 19, 2018

GALVESTON – A Galveston County woman alleges water penetration issues in a property she purchased were not disclosed her to prior to the sale.

Lataine Eve Mullins filed a complaint on Sept. 4 in the Galveston County District Court against Patrick Sanders alleging that the home seller violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in April 2017, she purchased a home in Crystal Beach from the defendant for $212,000. A few months after closing, she alleges she discovered numerous defects with the property, including but not limited to water intrusion, extensive wood rot, interior and exterior wall damage and malfunctioning doors and windows, which will cost approximately $50,000 to repair. 

She alleges her insurance company will not cover the damage because it was pre-existing at the time of purchase.

The plaintiff holds Sanders responsible because the defendant allegedly concealed and failed to disclose material facts about the house. She alleges had she known of the water penetration issues, she would not have purchased the home.

The plaintiff seeks monetary relief of more than $100,000 but less than $200,000 and such other relief to which he may show himself justly entitled. She is represented by Andrew P. Gertz of The Gertz Law Firm in Beaumont.

Galveston County District Court case number 18-CV-1209

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