To find out if there is a sinkhole claim, you can search both the Pasco County Appraisers site http://appraiser.pascogov.com/ and look to see if there commercial codes in the section "Additional Land Codes".
Also look at the permitting site for the county: Public Access to Permits: http://secure.pascocountyfl.net/bccpapa/ and search for permits for the specific address. Most, but not all, sinkhole claims will show up in one of these sites. A good buyers agent should be able to tell you this information.
If you need more information, or representation, you can contact me or call the county building department.
Looks like Lawrence Scaduto knocked the answer right out of the park so to speak, the only thing I will add here is for properties in Hernando County you can also check the Hernando Property Appraiser website at County website at http://www.hernandopa-fl.us/PAWebsite/%28S%28dxq3ozfdzrik2o5 and the Hernando County building department at http://22.214.171.124/Bldsys/Default.aspx. You need a parcel id to search building permits which you can obtain by doing a search on address at the Hernando Property Appraiser link above.
If you want to spend more time in your research, you might find the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and their Florida Geological Survey Data and Maps http://www.dep.state.fl.us/geology/gisdatamaps/index.htm. You can download a Subsidence Incident Report at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/geology/gisdatamaps/SIRs_database.htm both in datat base spreadsheet and map overlays for Google Earth.
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Great website provided Larry!
Note: For commercial property look for a residential field the code will be there.
For additional checking go to --> http://portal.pascocountyfl.net/portal/server.pt/community/c On the right side of the page click on Public Access To Permit Application. Click on Reports, then Sink Hole Permits Report. Enter the information and search. Any permits filed with the county will be listed.
Caution: Read over the input screen carefully, there are several options and a date range to be checked.
There is a welcome screen. From there go to information. (second from the bottom).
From there click Subsidence Listing. (third from the bottom).
Here you will see around 6000 homes that are currently considered "sink hole homes"...or at least ones the county knows about and has some records.
The come in the several types. And now they have a number at the end like 09 which means 2009.
You need to be very careful when you are looking at the type of coding on a particular house. Just because it was permitted, it does not mean it was repaired. Unless it says SBUNK which means UNREPAIRED. You will have to do more research. Usually, but not always, you can do a title search and actually read the sink hole report to further determine what is going on.
As I mentioned these are the ones the county knows about. Anything that may have been discovered prior to 2004 may not be in the public record.
One way to determine if there has been previous sinkhole activity at a given home is to ask the neighbors. They seem to know. You wont have any documentation, but the rumor of a particular houses past can be a value diminisher.
Good luck and be careful
If you need help investigating this don't hesitate to call me along with getting preapproved to purchase this home.