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How to find out somebody commited suicide in the house?

If the seller does not tell, how can we find out if there was anybody died in the house for sale? Does the local police station have the responsibilty to disclose the information to the public / any other government department should be able to tell?

Asked on Oct 30 2011, Selling in Sheffield | Report content

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  • Have you tried asking around locally? This would work well in a rural area where every one knows everyone else, but maybe not in a city?

    Answered on Nov 7 2011, Report content
  • Most states do not have a law to disclose that a property is stigmatized. Three state have law to disclose events within one to three years of the purchase date. 15 states have a law that only if the buyer asks and seller knows they are to disclose. The remaining 32 states have no law, therefore no legal action can be taken against anyone for deliberately not disclosing. Such as with Janet Milliken’s home in Pennsylvania or Brain Betts home in Maryland, both of these high profile stories involves the seller not disclosing that a murder and/or suicide occurred in the home. allows users to type in any valid U.S. address for it to instantly search millions of records to help determine if a death has occurred at that address. Because it is not a standard practice to document the address of a death, the report also includes previous residents and their vitality status; additional information to assist home renters, buyers, sellers and agents with researching a properties history. Some people are not comfortable asking, "Has anyone died here?" If you are not comfortable asking for a report, you can discreetly purchase one yourself and know before you sign a rental lease or contract to buy.

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    Answered on Jul 6 2013, Report content

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