Recently I helped a client rent a newer built home. Unbeknownst to the both of us, the water smelled like rotten eggs. A home inspection isn't part of the process when you're considering moving forward on a rental property. To say this could have been known before the contract was signed is hardly a fair statement. Conducting a "sniff" test of the water will now be a part of my showing routine, especially for rentals.
After moving in the the tenant learned from the property manager (who also lives in the neighborhood) that the sulfuric content was "randomly high" and to expect the issue to be ongoing. Luckily my client/tenant didn't buy this listing. The small community is home to about 200 properties and according to most of them, their water smells like flatulence too.
A few thoughts to ponder...
1. Is the odor of the tap water an item that should be listed on a sellers disclosure? I see both sides of this. A home seller isn't in a position to provide a professional opinion on the chemical make-up of their tap water, but they certainly could be open and honest about any letters they have received from the water district. Is it simply an opinion issue, or bonafide "defect" of some kind?
2. Should the Property Manager or Landlord have told us about the water issue beforehand? Keep in mind he lives in the same subdivision.
What are your thoughts and why?