Home Buying in 53965>Question Details

Mjf1779, Other/Just Looking in Wisconsin Dells, WI

I have a question about deaths in a residence and disclosure laws or statutes?

Asked by Mjf1779, Wisconsin Dells, WI Wed May 6, 2009

Is there a law or statute in Wisconsin about disclosure if there was a death by other than natural causes in a home? Does the seller or real estate agent have to tell the potential buyer? Is there a law or anything about this subject??

Help the community by answering this question:

Answers

3
I totally agree with Nancy. It is always better to error on the side of caution and disclose.
Web Reference: http://www.markniedziejko
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 7, 2009
It is not required to disclose in Wisconsin but the smart thing to do is disclose. People tend to find about these things from neighbors and other sources and then are upset it was not disclosed. I always disclose unless Seller wants this kept confidential.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 6, 2009
In California we have to report if a death occurred within 3 years. However, some cultures/buyers are very particular and I would probably disclose it if it happened and I was aware of it. I know of several properties that have had suicides and even a murder in one and as an agent, if I am aware, I disclose. The liability/risk of not mentioning it is too significant.

Marlene Macbeth, e-PRO, GRI
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 6, 2009
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2015 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer