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Homebuyers claim Castle Inspection Services failed to detect mold, other problems in property


By Carrie Bradon | Apr 18, 2019

CHARLESTON — A couple is suing a home inspection company, alleging that a defective inspection led to their purchase of a home with numerous problems.

John Hendleman and Mindy Hendleman filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Castle Inspection Services LLC and Ronald and Nancy Cole.

The suit states the plaintiff hired the defendant on May 10, 2018 to inspect a property they were considering purchasing. The defendant prepared a home inspection of the property on May 12, 2018 and listed a number of facts about the property, but allegedly failed to mention the existence of mold. The plaintiffs closed on the house on June 22, 2018 and shortly after moving the plaintiffs began to notice a number of issues that had not been stated in the inspection, including mold. The plaintiff had to hire a contractor to remedy the numerous defects that the inspection failed to mention.

The defendant is accused of intentional fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, and breach of contract.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by James Stebbins of Lewis Glasser PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Louis Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-208

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