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Richmond Homeowner Says City Demolished Her Home, But Who's at Fault?

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A Richmond homeowner says the City demolished her dream along with her new home. But who is really at fault? 8News went digging for answers.

The home in question is on North 30th Street in Richmond, near the intersection with S. Street. 

Shahida Sohail was stunned when she discovered this weekend the entire back half of her new home was gone. There was a deck, kitchen and a dining room area, but on Sunday she found a bulldozer in its place. 

"Yesterday when I came this whole building demolished, vanished," Sohail told 8News.

Sohail purchased the property as an investment; she has children with special needs and hoped to fix it up, rent it out and generate some extra income for her children.

"I purchased is last week; June 13th was our closing." 

The property deed was transferred into Sohail's name and in the City of Richmond's record system the 16th, yet four days later, city crews demolished the back of the house.

Richmond City officials say the property was deemed an imminent danger on May 1st. The roof was leaking and the stairs were unsafe. They tell us a notice to demolition the building was issued May 22nd to the previous property owner.

Sohail says the woman who sold her the home never disclosed any information about demolition warning notices.

"Not a single time any word came from her mouth that this property was going to be demolished."

Kenneth Williams, a contractor who planned to help Sohail renovate, says this is a big lose.

"The sidewall had damage, the roof needed repairs but everything was repairable," Williams said.

The situation has devastated Sohail.

"This was my big hope, my [first] property. I could get some good for my family but they destroyed my dream."

The city said a demolition process was already in progress, despite the sale of the property. We spoke with several real estate attorneys today and they seem to agree: the city is not at fault here and the previous owner should have disclosed information about the demolition. They say Sohail might have grounds for a civil suit against the previous owner.

We reached out to the previous home owner...stay with 8News for updates.

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