What is the Law Regarding Disclosure for 'Haunted' Houses?

Posted by Brandon Vasquez on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 12:05pm.

Invariably as the calendar turns another page to October when seasons transition between glorious fall colors and winter's glistening fluffy white snow, leaves fall from tree branches while gray skies cast shadows making even the lovliest of properties appear drab and lonely.

Wise homeowners with properties on the market take care to keep window boxes and planters filled with happy seasonal colors, keeping up with leaf raking, and having their property well lit and inviting with outdoor landscape lighting.

It's during this shoulder season that movie theaters and television networks promote the macabre Halloween season by airing an onslaught of all things scary leading up to the unholy holiday. Being in the forefront of viewers minds the subject of haunted houses becomes a topic. Why wouldn't it?

Earlier this year one of Hollywood's highest grossing films was purportedly about a real life (pun intended) haunted home. Whether a believer in ghost stories or not and regardless of which side of the fence you sit regarding 'perceived paranormal activity', it begs the question: What is the law regarding such disclosure when selling a home?

These links will hopefully amuse and inform you, 

'Top 10 Haunted Homes For Sale' WFAA Channel 8 ABC TV

'"The Conjuring": How True is the haunted house movie' CBS THIS MORNING

'Ghoul Disclosure: Must Home Sellers Disclose Paranormal Activity?' (October 2010)

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