Death from Natural Causes

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I'm in escrow to purchase a property.  I just received the real estate disclosures and it lists the owner's mother died of natural causes in bed couple months ago.  The son is the current owner now.

I believe I have to disclose this to future tenants for 3 years after the death.  Will disclosing this information scare away potential tenants? 

I can still back out of the purchase.

Any advice will be helpful.

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Steve can you post the actual state CA statute code here? I have read through all my state GA statute codes. I don't want to think I know something but be absolutely sure about it.

Some states will only make you disclose if it was a murder etc. and not natural causes. So the fine print in your statute codes does matter. I have had plenty of time where people tell me things and I say it is not correct. They heard half of something from someone without validating on their own.

You could be 100% correct but would benefit others from CA on here if you can post the code.

http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/ca...

http://law.onecle.com/california/civil/1710.2.html

Death in the rental unit

If a prior occupant of the rental unit died in

the unit within the last three years, the owner

or the owner’s agent must disclose this fact to

a prospective tenant when the tenant offers to

rent or lease the unit. The owner or agent must

disclose the manner of death, but is not required

to disclose that the occupant was ill with, or died

from, AIDS. However, the owner or agent cannot

intentionally misrepresent the cause of death in

response to a direct question.85

Originally posted by @Steve C.:

http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/ca...

http://law.onecle.com/california/civil/1710.2.html

Death in the rental unit

If a prior occupant of the rental unit died in

the unit within the last three years, the owner

or the owner’s agent must disclose this fact to

a prospective tenant when the tenant offers to

rent or lease the unit. The owner or agent must

disclose the manner of death, but is not required

to disclose that the occupant was ill with, or died

from, AIDS. However, the owner or agent cannot

intentionally misrepresent the cause of death in

response to a direct question.85

 Hopefully, she died of AIDS. Then you don't have to disclose it.........

@Steve C.  

   What are your numbers? Can you afford to hold the property until it is filled? If need be, can you put it back on the market and have enough equity to come out ahead?

  Ultimately, the numbers and my ability to hold the property vacant for longer than average would determine my decision.