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Real property stigma and the duty to disclose

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 @ 8:50 AM | By Jamie Spotswood

You need not disclose a murder on your property to a potential purchaser of your property unless you are asked about it, at least for now. The doctrine of caveat emptor or buyer beware still places the onus on the purchaser to make enquiries that would reveal the "stigma" of a property being the scene of a violent crime. Stigma related defects, which are inherently subjective, do not render a property dangerous or unsafe for habitation or use. They are therefore not within the category of latent...