Yes they can.
However, there are things you can do to prevent this from occurring.
Further guidance would be providing legal advise. Since I am not an attorney, you must consult one to learn how to take preventive action. It is simple. It is easy. It is not expensive.
Chat with your REALTOR and they may be able to direct you to the right resource.
Please be aware, response notification on Trulia is disabled. I will not be aware of any follow-up questions and may not receive an inquiry if you use that 'contact' link. If your need is urgent for a response from me, you will need to CALL.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Palm Harbor, FL