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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Should home seller disclose if someone died in the house?

This could be the next controversy to make the job of executors even harder: should the seller of a house have to disclose to potential buyers that someone died in the house? The issue is that some buyers consider having a death in the house to be a "defect".

Currently Canada has no laws specifically on this that I know of, but that doesn't stop it from being a serious point of contention. Click here to read an article from that talks about the issue and mentions the outcome of some cases where buyers have refused to go through with the deal. Other situations are explored too, such as things that occur around the neighbourhood though not necessarily in the house in question. It's really interesting reading.

I found the comments added by readers to be almost as interesting as the article itself. I tend to agree with those who said that sellers should not be required to disclose a death that occurred in the house as it doesn't affect the structure or function of the house. I guess I'm just not superstitious. Would you feel that the fact that a death occurred in the house was a reason for you not to buy a house? Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. That is hard to say. Mention it and risk losing the deal. Put it this way, is some old folds died, maybe you can put it tactfully, "Are you a superstitious person?", then go on an explain the situation.


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