Obligations on house sold
House closed early July, preceded by some surprising inspection issues. One was that the inspector saw some "ruffling of shingles on the roof." The buyers turned the inspection issues over to their builder friend representative, and we got a relative who had been in roofing business over 30yr. to assess the roof. The two men agreed that the problem with the roof, less than 6yr. old with 30yr. asphalt shingles, was confined to half the roof. The buyers signed off on that and a short list of repairs we agreed to make. The roof was by far the most costly. We had half the roof torn off and replaced new and were lucky that my brother knew a crew down here that could do that. No warranty was given or implied, but the buyers' representative was on site and thoroughly inspected both the new roof going on and the old part of the roof which appeared good, sealed down, etc.
The weather has slightly cooled, and a dozen shingles fell from the roof. Both our guy and their guy were mistaken: the entire roof should have been replaced. But both acted in good faith, believing the sealed down part of the roof to be secure.
We feel that our "position" in this is that an agreement was made on what to do, we went to the limit of our funds and willingness to do it in good faith, and that our responsibility for the roof ends there. My husband, feeling for the elderly neighbor, did offer to repair the shingles that fell, but she more or less hung up on us and said her son-in-law, the actual buyer of the home, would take care of this.
We are concerned because not only is he very wealthy, he has long experience with lawsuits. We have not heard from him (Sunday morning).
Are we done with this house, or does our responsibility somehow run past closing?