Home sellers in Arizona do have to disclose certain things about their property. For example, there could be cracks in the foundation, leaks in the roof, evidence of past water damage, black mold in the house or something else of this nature. If there are any substantial issues that buyers would not expect, sellers do need to disclose them. This helps buyers know what they’re investing in so that they can make prudent decisions.
That said, there are many things that sellers don’t have to disclose. Let’s take a look at a few of them below.
1. Disease in the home
First off, if someone in the house was diagnosed with a disease, even something that is very serious, the seller does not have to disclose this disease. Medical records are private and protected.
2. A death in the home
Sellers also do not have to disclose if anyone passed away in the home. It doesn’t matter if it was a homicide, a suicide or a natural death. Sellers also don’t have to disclose other types of crime that may have occurred on the property, even felonies.
3. If sex offenders live nearby
Lists of sex offenders, along with online maps, can disclose if they live near the property. But the sellers are not obligated to disclose this information themselves, even if they know. Many sellers have no idea and have never checked.
Disclosures are just one part of the real estate transaction process. Those involved need to be sure they understand all their legal options. It can be helpful to have an experienced legal team to provide guidance and advice about legal obligations, necessary steps in the selling process and more.