Thank you for the question. On a basic level, if your property has caused damage to another property, then you would potentially be liable for the costs ( or at least to claim on your insurance) however, as you had just moved in, it is possible the previous occupiers were aware of this and did not disclose it to you. If that is the case then you can hold them liable for the cost of repairs. (or again, claim on their insurance instead of yours). You will have to determine whether the previous occupiers were aware, or ought to have been aware, of the leak which cased the damage. I would advise, in the first instance in going back to your conveyancing solicitor and seeing if there was anything in the survey or home report which shock have flagged this up. If you can determine this then you can have your solicitor write to them and hold them liable for any such costs.
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