Posted on April 14, 2016 - 12:56 PM
by Kevin Beasley
Question: In the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement we disclosed that my mother died of a stroke in the living room of our Wickenburg home. The buyer is an investor who "flips" homes to other buyers. The buyer said that I did not have to disclose to him my mother's death in the home, and that he will not have to disclose her death either. Is the buyer right?
Answer: Yes. Under the Arizona stigmatized property law a seller, a landlord, and any real estate agent are not required to disclose that a natural death, a suicide, or a homicide occurred in the home. Therefore, you did not have to disclose to the buyer that your mother died in your home.
Note: A seller, landlord, and any real estate agent also do not have to disclose HIV/AIDS, sex offenders, or any crime that occurred in the home.