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I think the jury is still out on this one Evelyn Johnston from both a legal standpoint and a moral one. Whereas a meth lab will have much more damaging contaminants to all who enter and a police file to go along with it a meth house, where it was smoked, does not have as much "illegal" evidence to show prosecutors. This associate is most likely working within the letters of the current law although walking a very thin line. Eventually it will be sorted out but it's nowhere near a resolution yet.
Morally, I couldn't include this stigmatized property in either my or any customer's portfolio without disclosure.
Stevens Point, WI
Evelyn our MLS board just started anonymous reporting of anything you want to report Check into yours and see if they have this. This is a hazard.
Evelyn, what makes you believe it is not being diclosed?
Be specific. What exactly does your state and MLS require?
David M. Dwares
Fort Lauderdale, FL
If the listing agent is not following the laws of your jurisdiction, I might tip off the buyers agent if it subsequently goes under contract. And who knows, she may be disclosing it somehow other than on your MLS. You might also consider calling her broker if disclosure is required.
The disclosure requirements may vary from state to state. Agents need to know what must be disclosed.
Interesting question. I think I would speak to the broker, not the agent.
I n our state you are required to disclose, but each state has its own rules. I would speak to the Broker who has the house listed and tell him what you know.
Not my responsibility!
I would certainly make any of my own clients who express interest in the home know what the situation is. I'd probably have my broker in charge deal with this.
I would discuss this with the agent first, and then the broker if nothing was done.
Report it to the RE Commission. A meth home in our area MUST be disclosed, and believe it should be in MLS too.
It is now knowledge to the agent, it must be disclosed, at least in Arizona. If I was the listing agent, and the owner was telling me not to disclose, I think I would mutually cancel that listing
In our state psychological trauma in home is not a legal disclosure item, but might be a moral one for the listing or buyer agent. Don't know how meth smoking is classified and frankly not sure how that impacts the value of a home...
I would give a call and ask the agent why it is not being disclosed. This will pose a huge problem because if you have another buyer this information needs to be released being a buyer agent. Disclose, disclose.
If you have to disclose that information in your state, I would contact the Broker. If you don't get a response, then I would contact your local Board. If your state has a legal hotline, you could try them also.
It needs to be disclosed, Evelyn. Though, depending on the rules in your state, it may not need to be in the MLS listing.
I am with Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900 , disclose, disclose, disclose. A
I would talk to the listing agent and remind agent to disclose the fact to protect the agent and the seller.
Start by having a talk with the agent and their broker.
Annette nailed this one!