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« on: October 26, 2021, 07:41:35 PM »

I'm looking for advice on purchasing a house that someone recently died in.

I won't go into details but it was a violent death that was covered on the news. As you would expect the property price is reduced, but also it's a typical old person's house that needs a bit of a refurbish.

The death does bother me personally and it's the fact that it's in need of a refurbish that interested me. I thought it could be a good purchase to pick up on the cheap, add some value through the refurb and rent out.

My question is do I need to disclose the death to renters, and will I struggle to get a tenant if I do? I know I do need to disclose if I come to sell it, but I would hope the fact I've fixed up the house to make it attractive would increase interest from buyers. Not that I plan I selling it anytime soon as I want it as a rental property.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2021, 10:22:17 PM »

Have you been told that you need to disclose this if you come to rent  or sell it? If this was a criminal act,and the perpetrators are locked up, I doubt if this would  be an issue. Many houses have had people die in them,my own 1890  home included.People's memories are short.If it seems like a good investment in all other respects, I would not let this in itself put you off. Treat it like any other investment. If it was somewhere that Fred and Rose West or Dennis Neilson had lived it would be a different matter of course.
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2021, 11:39:48 AM »

Or Leslie Nielsen. That could be hilarious.

Shirley, people do have short memories.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2021, 04:07:17 PM »

The stuffed beaver could be off-putting to some prospective tenants though.
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2021, 08:51:31 PM »

My question is do I need to disclose the death to renters

You are going to completely refurbish the house. Nothing will remain in the house that belonged to the previous owner. I see no need to disclose anything to renters.

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I know I do need to disclose if I come to sell it

Not that I plan I selling it anytime soon.

There's nothing in the Law Society's TA6 Property Information form, or in the TA6 Explanatory Notes about disclosing a death (recent or otherwise).

See https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/property/transaction-forms


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