Is Disclosure Necessary when someone has died in the house??

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Progroup Realty
 Someone who lives alone has died in the house and their body has not been found for about a month. The neighbors obviously know because the police show up to investigate. It is found to be death by natural causes. Normally one would have to disclose if it were a murder or something like that. But a death by natural causes? Is it necessary to disclose? My initial feeling is "NO". But then I think about the neighbors telling a buyer after the fact and the buyer being irate because they  probably would not have looked at the house if they had known. What are your thoughts on this?
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Margaret Shapiro
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Hi April and everyone else who responded,

I've decided that , no matter what, I will disclose that someone died in the house. It could be mildly important to some but Very important to others. It has been suggested that I do this via the property disclosure statement. The executor will cross everything out because he never lived there. However, it will state that the owner was found deceased in the home and will itemize what was done to resolve / rectify the issue; namely, a professional cleaning/ restoration company cleaned the room in which he died and cut out the section of carpet on which he died. Then the floor was treated with KILZ, which seals any odors in to the wood permanently. The the whole house received the ozone shock treatment to get rid of any odors permanently. The new wall to wall carpeting was  installed. 

March 13, 2008 10:14 PM
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Angela Reeves
Angela Reeves
Royal LePage West Real Estate Services

Good question - I wouldn't have known the answer either.   I'll be checking to see what the regulations are in my neck of the woods.

When we bought our home we tracked down a faint odor to a petrified squirrel behind a wall (eventually) - nobody disclosed that LOL!!

November 24, 2008 08:39 PM
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Margaret Shapiro

Thanks everyone for responding. I did check with our Real Estate Board and the answer is YES- it does need to be disclosed before we have an accepted offer. The reason is- even though it was death by natural causes, it is still considered to be a "stigmatized property" and could affect a buyer's decision to purchase.

November 24, 2008 08:52 PM
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Joseph D. Federico
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate
Donahue Real Estate Co.

Margaret-I think with the cost of nursing homes getting pretty expensive, most people are choosing to go home and die. So many of the homes for sale today, especially the estate sales have had an owner die in the home.

November 25, 2008 08:15 AM
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Barbara

I think if asked you have to disclose and if its natural causes and a while ago its not the same as a murder or untimely accident.

I say this , probably sounding wierd but im a renter who moved into my townhome 5 months ago and  just learned a woman my age fell down the stairs before i moved in, and cracked her head open and layed at the bottom of the stairs for two days till they found her.  (it went into foreclosure no one touched it) until my landlord bought it but he is from Canada and never set foot in the house. 

four days  after my move, in  ..strange things have been happening to me.Just me ,not my children,  brown recluse spider bites..a knife slipped and stabbed me in my forearm ER for stitches,..2 kidney attacks, I blew out my knee, a flood..and the Tv turned itself on and only a white light was on in my bedroom.until i said ENOUGH!!! .Had i known this I would not have rented here . I did ask and they said no she died after it went into foreclosure.

 

Im reading this article  to see if my medical bills (over 8000 so far)  for all those mishaps should be reimbursed to me by my landlord or realtor because they didnt give me the facts when i moved in . Im definitly  not a clutz and all those calamities in less than 5 months is strange or very coincidental. Im thinking there is an energy or desceased woman who is not at peace and im who she is mad at.

I dont know florida laws but it seems in california you have to disclose it.any opinions on if i can ask for reimbursement???

 

Barbara

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