Recent homebuyers feel stuck in Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Recent Hoosick Falls homebuyers want to know why they weren’t told about the water issue before making their final purchase.

“Well, really the onus falls on the homeowner to disclose if there’s an issue with the water,” realtor Brian Sinkoff said. “The realtor is merely just a guide in telling that homeowner what they should disclose.”

That’s an answer to a question many in Hoosick Falls wanted to know. However, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Sinkoff said if a homeowner knew there was a water contamination issue, they would have to disclose that information to the realtor. The realtor would then have to tell the potential new buyer.

But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not send a letter telling people to stop drinking the water until November 25, 2015. One woman said she purchased her home days before that was not told about any water problems.

“A homeowner, it’s a very, very tricky subject, because how can a homeowner be responsible for city water when they would like to think that the city is doing their job in checking that it’s safe for everybody to drink,” Sinkoff said.

One homeowner, who did not want to go on camera, said he purchased a home on December 4, 2015. Records confirm the purchase. He said he was not warned about the water issue and said he plans to seek the advice of a lawyer.

Sinkoff said water testing is part of the home buying process.

“What were they testing for when they looked at the well,” he asked. “Did they know to test for the specific thing that may now, it looks like, was in a lot of those wells in the town of Hoosick.”

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