Liability for Sale of a Defective Residence

After the purchase of a residential piece of property, a client approached our firm inquiring what potential remedies she could have against a seller who verbally represented that various fixtures were of a certain quality and year.  This is an interesting question as it involves both the merger doctrine and the specific representations made.  The merger doctrine, which merges the contract for sale into the deed, typically limits a buyer's remedies; however, when those representations are beyond the "ordinary working order" reps, the promises made can still be actionable.  

For more information check out a recent article in the Illinois Bar Journal.