Must a seller disclose a murder at the property?

According to the Texas Property Code, sellers aren’t required to disclose deaths on the property that resulted from natural causes, suicide, or an accident unrelated to the property’s condition.

However, murder does not fall into these categories. The Deceptive Trade Practices Act may require the disclosure of murders unrelated to a condition of the property as material facts a buyer would want to know before entering into a transaction.

TAR’s Seller’s Disclosure Notice includes a question about deaths other than those caused by natural causes, suicide, or an accident unrelated to the property’s condition.

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9 Responses to Must a seller disclose a murder at the property?

  1. Bill Willis says:

    This appears to be an “accident unrelated to the property’s condition”.

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  2. In the event the homeowner was murdered, it is most likely being sold as an estate. What then?

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  3. The Executor of the estate better disclose or there could be a huge lawsuit. Typically the executor of the estate is a family member or an attorney of the owner. DISCLOSE!

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  4. lee bennett says:

    Suicide…aka self-inflicted murder…?…wha’ with AIDS,too?

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  5. Steve Trine says:

    Prior to becoming association staff, I had a Buddhist client. ANY death on the property was a major issue for them, due to their religious beliefs. I have come to believe that any death on the property should be disclosed, as the buyer will find out about the death eventually, and it is best not to run afoul of personal or religious beliefs.

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