Sex Offender lives in Neighborhood, Must a Seller Disclose?
Working with a buyer several years ago our buyers wanted to know if a sex offender lived in the neighborhood they were looking to move. As a professional I told them I would give them a website link where they could research for themselves.
Under the code of criminal procedure (Article 62.056) it states: An owner, builder, seller, or lessor of a single-family residential real property or any improvement to residential real property or that person’s broker, salesperson, or other agent or representative in a residential real estate transaction does not have a duty to make a disclosure to a prospective buyer or lessee about registrants (“Sex offenders”) under this chapter.
Disclosure, disclosure, disclosure is what we’re taught in our real estate practices. Would you as a real estate professional disclose you know of a sex offender living in a neighborhood your buyer are moving to. Our buyers had a four year old child and this was a priority for them to know. Even though it is not against the law to disclose, I personally would disclose if I knew there was a sex offender living in the neighborhood and my buyer asked.
Our due diligence is to protect our fiduciary and put their needs first.
Sex offender lives in the neighborhood, must a seller disclose? (No) but it makes sense to disclose if a seller knows that one might live in the area. Click on this link to "Megans Law".