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by Jace Stolfo
on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 11:30am.
Many people are surprised to learn that "psychological impacts" are not required disclosures in Idaho real estate transactions. For example, if there was a suicide or homicide on the property the seller is not required to disclose this.
Idaho Code Title 55 Chapter 28 governs psychological impacts on Idaho real estatetransactions.
Idaho Code 55-2801. Psychologically impacted defined. As used in this chapter, "psychologically impacted" means the effect of certain circumstances surrounding real property which include, but are not limited to, the fact or suspicion that real property might be or is impacted as a result of facts or suspicions including, but not limited to the following:
(1) That an occupant or prior occupant of the real property is or was at any time suspected of being infected or has been infected with a disease which has been determined by medical evidence to be highly unlikely to be transmitted through the occupancy of a dwelling place; or
(2) That the real property was at any time suspected of being the site of suicide, homicide or the commission of a felony which had no effect on the physical condition of the property or its environment or the structures located thereon; or
(3) That a registered or suspected sex offender occupied or resides near the property.
Idaho Code 55-2802.No cause of action. No cause of action shall arise against an owner of real property or a representative of the owner for a failure to disclose to the transferee of the real property or a representative of the transferee that the real property was psychologically impacted.
I've found that talking to the neighbors can be one of the best ways to bring these potential issues to light. A very useful tool to look for sex offenders can be found here: Idaho State Police – Sex Offender Registry Mapping.
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