Murder Disclosure When Real Estate Is Sold

Violent, Gang-related Death at a Vancouver Mansion Leads to Lawsuit re What Sellers Must Reveal to Buyers in Real Estate Transactions

When selling a house in Canada (and other jurisdictions with similar legal systems), a vendor must typically disclose certain types of defects in the property to potential buyers. Now, what if murder, suicide, or other nasty violence occurred in the house? How much does a seller have to reveal? The short answer is that a seller is only obligated to reveal the death if specifically asked about it by the purchaser. The legalities of the long answer are much more interesting, as this blog post will elaborate with an example from Vancouver, British Columbia. Continue reading

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