Tampa veteran left in ‘rage’ and feeling duped after finding dream home infested with termites


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Huggins family thought a two-story house in Tampa was their dream home. It was the perfect size for their young family in a neighborhood they liked and, with the Department of Veterans Affairs-backed loan, it was affordable.

“Our game plan was to get married, go on our honeymoon,” Jonah Huggins said, “come here and start our family and everything was going to be perfect.”

Huggins said he and his wife bought new furniture for their home and set everything up so that they could just unpack their bags after the honeymoon.

But something else had already move in before they could.

“Swarms of termites,” Huggins recalled.

That did not make sense for the Army veteran, who then checked the paperwork from the loan to confirm the home was termite-free.

“The [WDO] report said there were no termites. I would’ve never bought the home if I knew there were termites,” Huggins said. “This entire process let us down.”

Making it worse, the bug infestation was only the first issue that Huggins claims was not disclosed by the sellers. Three months after the closing, the Huggins still have not moved into their furnished home.

“Rage,” he said when asked how he felt after discovering the problems. “Someone lied.”

Since NewsNation affiliate WFLA started investigating what happened, Huggins has filed a lawsuit against the seller and their realtor.

The man who conducted the Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) report – that stated there were no termites – has also been investigated and fined by the Florida Department of Agriculture.

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