KEVIN ORNDORFF ET AL. v. EDWARD RON CALAHAN ET AL. (Tenn. Ct. App. October 10, 2008).
The buyers of a home in Nashville sued the sellers for misrepresentation, fraud, and breach of contract. The proof showed the sellers did not acquire the proper permits and inspections required by the applicable building codes and that work on the plumbing, the electrical system, and the heating and air conditioning system was not performed in accordance with the codes. The sellers did not disclose the lack of permits and improper work on the statutorily required disclosure form. The chancellor found for the buyers. The sellers appealed. We affirm.
Opinion may be found at the TBA website:
“[T]he defendants, the Calahans, misrepresented material facts when they recklessly and knowingly stated that they were not aware that the room additions, structural modifications, or other alterations or repairs were made without necessary permits. In fact, the Calahans knew that proper building permits had not been issued....”
“[T]he defendants, the Calahans, misrepresented material facts when they recklessly and knowingly stated they were not aware there were - - that room additions and modifications or other alterations and repairs were made not in compliance with building codes,” and that they “breached the contract for sale when they warranted that the sewer and plumbing systems were in good working order.” Id.