In the last two weeks I’ve had two very different properties tested for Title V fail. The first one was an early 1800’s house and that is rarely a surprise. Unless that same property passed hands recently and has undergone a septic upgrade you can almost expect a fail. One property I sold this past spring actually had a cesspool. These are not an automatic fail everywhere but they are in the area of Massachusetts I cover.
The second failed system was in a home built in 1978. The civil engineer couldn’t even find the box.
In most cases the seller is going to cover the cost of the installation or repair. In a short sale situation usually not and this is something the buyer will need to take on. The same is often true of bank owned properties.