water leak found after closing
We just sold our house, it has been on the market for 6 months. 48 hours prior to closing I recieved a huge water bill from the local utility company, I called the utility company and asked them what caused it and they said it was most likely a meter reading error and they would have someone go out and re-read it and my bill should auto correct. That was the FIRST high bill I ever received, house was vacant for months so I had no idea what caused it other then incorrect meter reading, or the slim chance someone actually stole water. Well, I told my agent just in case we had to disclose it and she said we didn't since we don't have to disclose a water spike, just known material defects. Now we closed a day later and the utility company is saying there is most likely a leak somewhere since they double checked the meter reading. The buyers refused to do a home owners inspection and bought it as is, they did the final walk-through the same day I actually received the high water bill. At the time the discliamer was signed (few months prior) we were not awawre of an issue and our history of water bills show this spike just occured, it really only became evident this morning (24 hours after closing)with the confirmation the meter reading was correct and I got my final bill.
My question is, since the buyers bought it as is, didn't get an inspection and I had no idea about this issue can I be held liable for repairs? There is ZERO evidence of a leak, no wet ground, etc just a large bill so there was no way for me to know, and the water company told me it was originally most likly an incorrect meter reaidng and even my agent said not to worry.
On a side note I did take about a $14,000 loss on the house when selling it and threw in a home warranty (what's another few hundred dollars I figured). So I would imagine the new owners could file a claim with the warranty or their insurance. But am I at all liable for this possible leak, in all honesty I had no clue there was any type of a problem, wasn't trying to hide anything. This was simply bad timing.
What are your thougts?