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Perhaps try Googling the address?
How should licensees handle the sale or lease of property on which a heinous crime occurred or perhaps is said to be haunted? Textbooks generally describe such properties as "psychologically impacted." That term generally describes emotional factors rather than economic factors which may influence the decision of a prospective purchaser or tenant.
Should licensees disclose such matters? The answer is sometimes "yes" and sometimes "no."
The law requires licensees to disclose material information about a property to prospective purchasers or tenants. Generally, the courts have held that whatever is material to the buyer or tenant is, in fact, material. That means that licensees must disclose anything that affects whether the buyer would want to purchase the property or affects what the buyer is willing to pay for the property'.
When a defect is physical (for example, a leaking roof or unsound foundation), the issue is clear. Licensees must disclose. When the defect is emotion (for example, murder or ghosts), the answer varies.
The advice that the Real Estate Commission received from the Attorney General?s office indicates that there is a conflict between the law as it relates to diseases such as AIDS. If asked about such diseases as AIDS, a licensee "should respond by stating that he or she is unable to answer such an inquiry? because a person with AIDS is now a protected class. Such a response is consistent with how licensees have traditionally responded to questions related to fair housing issues.
However, the Attorney General's office indicated that when a client or customer questions a licensee as to whether a property "was the site of a homicide or other felony or the site of a suicide," the licensee should "answer truthfully to the best of such [licensee's] knowledge.
Licensees must affirmatively disclose material defects in the physical condition of the property. However, they are not required to disclose whether a homicide or other felony or a suicide occurred on a property unless a prospect asks them. The key distinction is that felonies, suicides, and infectious diseases generally do not involve the physical condition of the property. Their impact on the property is psychological.
Nevertheless, sometimes the seller will make the licensee aware that such an event occurred on a property. If that occurs, the licensee should advise the seller that affirmatively disclosing the event to prospects can eliminate future problems.
The owner does not have to disclose stigmatized property. The property manager cannot disclose, unless the owner allows. In that situation, I would ask the neighbors!
Check with your local police station. Try to google the address and see if anything comes up.
You can google the address and see if anything comes up. The Property Manager if asked has to disclose this information but only if asked. Check all sources. With the internet it should be easy to double check.
This is a hard question to find the answer to. As agents, we are not allowed to say if someone has been killed, or died in a property. The best way to find out would be to contact the local police department and see if they can tell you. Good luck.
you might have rats in the walls
You can go to the home page of your local news paper and search the archives, also you can check your local police department. This should be the best way to find out.
All material facts should be disclosed so ask the question of the property manager. If the manager says they do not know, contact someone who knows the history of the property - which may be the owner or the property management company.
In a situation such as yours, the property manager works for the owner - not you - so in most states the rule is they do not have to make an independent investigation for you because you are not their client - the owner is. However, they must give you a truthful answer if you ask and they know a murder was committed in your unit.
Also - check your cat for fleas. LOL!
Google is always an option. But it is really not relevant. Is it?
By law a stigmatized property murder,aids death, suicide, do not have to disclose these facts,
I would find out who the insurance carry for the building is and ask if there were any claims for repairs or cleanup cost related to your situation. Good luck
I would ask the owner or property manager first. They have a duty to inform you. If you were purchasing the property it would be in the disclosures. You can ask the owner to respond in writing as well.
I would try looking at the local homicide reports for the area through a local website. Also, you might be able to get a search of police records if you call the local police dept. or have someone you know who is an officer.
I've already done all you suggested, guess I'll just call ghostbusters next. ha ha
Try asking long time residents of the building. You could also see if there is anything in the public records or on any police reports. Also, purchase a shotgun, just in case its zombies.