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Recourse for failure of 8-year-old roof?

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DEAR BARRY: I purchased a home eight years ago and the seller disclosed that it had a new roof. The shingles are now becoming wavy, and there are some water stains on the family room ceiling. We don't know who installed the roof, but we're thinking it was probably the previous owner, and we're wondering if we should call him about it. What do you recommend? --Cindy DEAR CINDY: Before you call the seller, contact the building department and ask if a permit is required for a roof replacement. If it is, ask if a roofing permit was issued eight years ago. If not, the seller was in violation. However, after this much time, the seller may no longer be legally liable. But you can still talk to him about it. You should also have the roof checked by a licensed roofing contractor. Hopefully the leaks are due to minor problems, not major ones. But you need to find out from a professional. And if the roofer tells you the roof needs replacement, be sure to get a second and third opinio...