The neighbors in a specific community knew that one of the neighbors had been accused of child molestation by one of his children. However, the individual had never been convicted. He was, however, â€œfully convictedâ€ in the neighborhood court of public opinion. An agent listed the home immediately next door the â€œpurportedâ€ child molester. The agent was aware of the allegations, but, since the individual in question had no verified criminal record, could not disclose anything one way or another. To do so would have been hearsay or even slander and would have made the agent liable for legal proceedings.
To get around this, you can ask the seller any questions you wish, including neighborhood safety, problems with neighbors, etc. As suggested below, you can also check Meganâ€™s Law websites, local crime web pages such as http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/san-ramon/crime/ and more. Ironically, the answers you get from the seller may not be indicative of the overall neighborhood â€“ everyone has personal opinions based on personal experience. As an example, I live in a very nice neighborhood but had a motorcycle stolen out of my driveway.
When purchasing a home from a seller, rather than a bank (foreclosure), the seller is required to disclose any information that they are aware of that may have an impact to a buyer, having said that, I always advise my clients to check in with the local police, go to meganslaw website, and to visit the neighborhood at different days and times. If purchasing a foreclosure, the banks are excused from these important disclosures, since they did not occupy the property.
hope this helps.
I suggest that you contact the local police department in San Ramon to learn about the crime activity in that neighborhood and anything specific on the house that interests you.
Walk around the neighborhood and talk to any residents you encounter to get their thoughts about safety in the area. I wouldn't rely on the seller's response as the only avenue to learn about crime and safety in the area.
Good luck to you!
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If you buy a foreclosure property though the seller is exempt from answering because they never lived there. If you buy a flip they are still responsible for answering to the best of their knowledge.
Best of luck,