I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Not sure if you’ve heard but there is a new Ghostbusters movie coming out this summer. In the film, ghosts haunt a rural house. “Why don’t they just sell the house and move,” you may ask? Well, believe it or not, in Arizona they could and would not have to disclose the issue. Arizona has the stigmatized home protection law, A.R.S. Section 32-2156. Under the statute, a seller or lessor of a home does not have to disclose if someone died in a home of natural causes, suicide or homicide. In addition, a seller or lessor of a home also does not have to disclose if there was a felony committed in the home. A seller or lessor also would not have to disclose if someone occupying the home had been exposed to HIV or any other disease that is not known to be transmitted through common occupancy of real estate. The stigmatized home protection law also protects a seller or lessor from having to disclose whether their home is located within the vicinity of a sex offender. There are no criminal, civil or administrative repercussions for a seller or lessor for not disclosing these things nor is it grounds for termination of rescission of a contract or lease.

At Hymson Goldstein Pantiliat & Lohr we are here to assist you with all your legal needs but not ghostbusting, sorry.

Written by Attorney John L. Lohr, Jr., jll@hgplaw.com.

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