A question for the lawyers and wannabe lawyers

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  1. manifold
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    The Entwistle case got me curious about something.

    As far as home sales go, is there a legal disclosure requirement regarding knowledge that someone had been murdered in the house?
     
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    I doubt it. But those would be state laws, no? I guess if asked and and a case could be proved a realtor lied about the knowledge, the realtor could be gone after locally over a licensing issue in regards ethics. but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a judgement on a case like ... not from a local board or a state or a committee of other lawyers
     
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    Nah. Not unless you could show this somehow breaches a warranty. Rationally, there's no issue. The fact of murder in the house doesn't affect its quality (unless blood soaked into the floor!), it's just a mental thing. Courts are reluctant to go there.
     
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    in california the answer is yes.....you need to disclose it....
     
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    You don't have to in Oregon:

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    depends on whether it was a material misrepresentation...which would depend on what one is required to disclose during a home sale, i'd think. but it might differ state to state, and in fact, probably does.
     
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    That's if I knew about it. You would have to prove that. However, in Oregon I don't need to put it in open disclosure.

    BTW, I don't own a house. I'm looking however. If I found out a murder took place in the house, I would use it as leverage to get a lower price.
     
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    As far as I can see, the only thing that a real estate agent must report is KNOWN DEFICIENCIES to the PROPERTY.

    The fact that somebody was murdered in that house is not a recognizable deficiency of the property.
     
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    if the seller lied, then the buyer purchased somelthing not contemplated by the parties, no meeting of the minds, no K, manu is right
     

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