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Grow-houses and Disclosure

Posted November 15th, 2007 under smart buying, smart selling.

Real Estate professionals have a duty to discover and disclose facts about the properties they list. If a fact could affect the Buyer's decision to buy, it must be disclosed. Recently, there has been concern over failure to disclose if a home has been used as a grow-house. This disclosure has now been made mandatory, and it is also now mandatory to disclose whether that home has been repaired and/or refurbished by the owner.

If you are selling a home that may have been used as a grow house, you are not required by law to disclose that fact, but it is in your best interests to do so. Failing to disclose puts you at risk of a civil litigation over health issues or hidden damages to the home. Some of these litigations have resulted in decisions over $25,000.

As a buyer, if you have any concerns that a home may have been used as a grow-house you can call 905-453-3311 ext. 3515 and the police will tell you whether the home is on their list of known grow-houses.

Got a question or concern about a possible grow-house? Just ask me, I'll be happy to help.

--Peter

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