Dealing with defects after purchase

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DEAR BARRY: When we bought our home, no one disclosed the defective flat roof over our living room -- not even our home inspector. The rainy season began weeks after we moved in, and we've been fighting leaks ever since. Finally, after three years of patching, we replaced the bad roof. But it seems unfair that we should be stuck with this expense. Do we have any recourse against the inspector or the sellers for not disclosing this defect? --Henry DEAR HENRY: There are two issues that reduce the strength of your claim: You waited three years to lodge a complaint for nondisclosure, and you have now removed all evidence that there was a defective roof. When homebuyers discover defects after the close of escrow, home inspectors, sellers and agents should be notified immediately, and reinspection of disputed conditions should be scheduled as soon as possible. Some home inspectors specify this as a liability requirement in their contracts, and many contracts require reinspection ...