Subscribe to Answers
In Virginia, the buyer must do their own due diligence in this area, so it is not disclosed. Every buyer is given the website to check it. I assume in other states, though, which are much more heavily regulated, it may trigger some kind of disclosure. Since offenders often move without notifying anyone, though, I wonder how that plays into disclosures...it may not always be accurate.
hi Inna - As Pamela Seley, REALTOR® answered, it's a part of our California purchase agreement and the responsibility to find out is the buyers. If I know of an issue that must be disclosed as the listing or selling agent, I disclose it.
It's up to the buyer to do that research.
It depends on state law. In SC, for example, it clearly states in the contract that a home buyer needs to do their own research on sex offenders. We as agents also are not supposed to do the work--it's caveat emptor. And there's plenty of opportunity to do a check before finalize a contract.
New Milford, CT
I recently had this happen. We terminated under inspection. It turns out the seller already knew this fact. In my state it is up to the buyer to find out this information.
Home buyers need to do their own research and it should be done before submitting a contract unless they have specific wording in their contract. Even if disclosure were required, you can't track people who are frequently moving.
Inna Ivchenko Here in Virginia it is up to the buyer to do their due diligence as stated in the disclosure.
I would check state laws and ask an attorney..
In VA, it's buyers responibilty to check the registy. The website url is right there in our disclosure. I can also tell you that those registries aren't always accurate, and there are many unregistered sex offenders, and those are those people buyers need to be worried about.
I wish I had your answer, but only for CT. It is suggested that buyers agents tell their clients to check our state registry. They are considering a law that will require us to give our buyers something in writing that tells them exactly that. But the seller is not required to disclose here. Neither is a landlord.
Good morning Inna. I do not have a clue on this one. I did not know that it was the sellers responsibility to check on sex offenders living in the neighborhood.
I don't think this is required in Florida.