When you buy a home in Florida, it is important that you do your research and make sure the property you buy does not have any major issues or problems that are going to cost you down the line. There are also certain things about a home that the seller has a legal obligation to make you aware of, and failing to do so may result in the seller facing legal trouble.
Per Florida Realtors, here are some of the things about a home that sellers in Florida have to tell you about.
Whether there are pending code enforcement actions
A seller has to let you know in writing if there are any code enforcement actions pending against the home you wish to purchase. The seller also has to make you aware that, should you buy the home, you become responsible for complying with the code and taking care of the violation. A seller that fails to tell you about pending code enforcement actions against a home you plan to buy may be guilty of fraud.
Whether there are major defects
A Florida home seller also has to make you aware of any “material facts” relating to a home that are not observable with the naked eye and could potentially impact its value.
Whether there are issues with radon
A seller also has to provide you with a statutory radon gas disclosure that outlines whether there are any safety threats resulting from the presence of radon in the home.
While these are some of the disclosure obligations Florida home sellers have to make when selling their properties, this is not an exhaustive summary of the state’s real estate disclosure laws.