After buying their dream home, one Plainfield couple found their residence flooded. They said that they were surprised to found out their home had a history of water problems, but no one told them.
The Strouds told Eyewitness News that they are accusing the seller of trying to cover up the problems, and not being honest on a state form.
"There's obvious evidence of prior mold here," said Bill Stroud. "You can see where its grown on the studs here."
Strouds showed Eyewitness News their finished basement was mostly flooded, and water does not only come through the walls, but the windows as well.
Bill Stroud and his wife, Michelle, had to toss all of their furniture and carpeting, besides the mold problem.
"We sealed this off to keep mold or moisture from coming upstairs, and ruining whatever we have left up here," said Bill Stroud.
Whatever they could salvage has been moved to their garage, and then he made what he called a "disturbing discovery."
"The previous home owner went to great lengths to cover it up," said Bill Stroud.
When they bought the house back in March, the Strouds told Eyewitness News they were not told of any flooding problems.
State law requires sellers to disclose items such as water issues. Eyewitness News found that form filed out and signed by the seller, who is identified as Angela Klonoski.
In the form, she was asked about the following problems and answered no to all of them:
Sump pump problems
"They lied on the disclosures, on legal documents. They lied to the realtor. They lied to us," said Michelle Stroud. "They lied to the attorney and now we are the ones suffering for it."
However when Klonoski talked with Eyewitness News, she had a different story.
"Everything was disclosed to the realtor, hers and mine," Klonoski said. "The attorneys didn't want to give my headache to someone else. They didn't think my house would ever sell."
Klonoski told Eyewitness News she wasn't trying to hide anything. She said when she bought it in 2006, there was lots of flooding, but why didn't she disclose that on the state forms.
"My realtor explained what flooding meant. We hadn't had any flooding, not a flood zone," said Klonoski when asked why she didn't explain any problems in the past. "We have a high water table. She told me it was only if you have flooding all the time in your basement."
However Klonoski's explanation does not gel with the one provided by her realtor Cary Marcoux from Bell Park Realty. She said it is "completely not true."
"I had no knowledge of any flooding problems," Marcoux said and added that. "Sellers fill out forms without their realtors."
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:43:16 GMT
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