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October 16, 2007 11:25 AM Subscribe
If a seller told me his house was haunted, would I be obligated to disclose this information?
posted by thanotopsis (79 comments total)
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You think disclosure of ghosts is funny? The fact is, a Haunted House falls into the characteristic of "stigmatized" housing. Disclosure of this information, and the laws surrounding it, are typically up to the state. Some Agents have written columns on how to tame your ghosts so that the house sells
. Of course, some ghosts can be very helpful
and promote the property value for you. Would you live
in a haunted house?
Federal Law has seven protected classes that limit the types and kinds of disclosure, like how you can't tell people your ghost has AIDS
. Here in Wisconsin [pdf]
, we have 5 additional protected classes, and haunted houses are still a concern
. Finally, Madison tacks on an additional 7 classes
(I'm pretty sure the ghosts in question won't be able to disclose their SSN when asked, so they're obviously protected). Besides, Halloween cost Madison nearly 3/4ths of a million dollars last year
If you're not into living with ghosts, be careful when you visit such a house: They may follow you home