Phat Jesus, Other/Just Looking in Duncanville, TX

how can i find out out if a death happened on this property?

Asked by Phat Jesus, Duncanville, TX Mon Mar 26, 2012

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Unless the death is related to the property itself, the owner does not have a duty to disclose it. A property defect that caused an occupant to fall to their death might be an example that is required to be disclosed. In fact, some types of deaths are protected events under Federal law (bless Washington) that cannot be disclosed.

For example, you cannot inquire and we cannot answer if a death occurred to someone with HIV. I disagree with the principle this prohibition reflects, but we must follow the law.
I disagree with it, because no one really knows to an absolute medical certainty that it is unequivocally safe to reside in a house where a virus was carried by an occupant. Imagine the virus were Ebola - the public would be outraged if owners and agents hid that fact. But because there is so much pressure to accept a disease commonly transmitted sexually, the jokers in Washington outlawed disclosing it. To me it is a national disgrace.

As to other types of deaths, records of murders and manslaughter are not typically indexed by address. The police blotter may have some information, but Bruce is probably right - ask the neighbors. They often know things that aren't their business and are willing to blab it to anybody who asks. You can investigate the neighborhood crime statistics on several websites, but past performance is no guarantee of future events.
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Just out of curiosity--I've noticed a big upsurge in this question in the last month or so. What's going on? Why the sudden interest?

To answer your question: If a crime was involved, the police will have records. But, as Bruce notes, if it was a natural death it's unlikely there's any way to find out. Neighbors might know. Or you could Google the address and see if anything appears.

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Very tough. You can ask neighbors or maybe do a google search.

Deaths in homes are common. You can probably ask your family members if any of your relatives have died at home. Natural deaths do not have to be disclosed.

What you really want to be concerned about is if there were any violent deaths and if that would be cause for concern for the future. For example is the home known to be a former dealer hangout and word is not out that they have moved, so people might mistake your family for theirs? That's what you don't want. Again sometimes tough to figure this out. Usually there is a neighbor that knows the scoop. Ask them, they'll share.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Recommend open record request from the Police Department

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