Non-disclosure of termite damage.

Some suggestions by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

How non-disclosure of termite damage can affect a the sale of a house and how to potentially help achieve a sale.

The importance of sellers and agents being upfront with prospective buyers regarding major problems, they are not willing to disclose with potential buyers.

Non-disclosure of damage from termites

Termite damage to roof structure of a house on the Gold Coast that the seller and agent were aware of.

Non-disclosure of termite damage in roof

Worth knowing: 

  • The prospective buyer had asked the agent and seller if they had knowledge of any previous termite evidence the damage was not disclosed to the buyer!
  • Insulation was fitted to this roof interior mainly to conceal extensive termite damage to the roof structure.
  • The owner and agent knew about extensive termite damage to this house, yet neither informed the buyer before they signed the contract.
  • They were hoping the inspector would not access to roof interior and identify the problem.

Non-disclosure of termite damage

Important notes:

  • If the seller and agent had been upfront with this particular buyer by telling them and had produced photos of the rectification with receipts.
  • I am almost certain the buyer would have proceeded with the purchase even after the inspection results were known, as they both had fallen in love with the house and location which met with all their requirements.

No one appreciates unpleasant surprises!

Some information that may be of use

Qld Government Safety/pests/termites

For independent Building Inspections Brisbane in all suburbs, Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. qbis.com.au