Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 09:03
Does Massachusetts law require me to sign the "seller's statement of property condition" that my broker has asked me to sign. (Posted by cricket on The Forum.)
No, MA law does not. If you do sign the document, however, make sure it is accurate. Massachusetts law does not require sellers to disclose known defects (other than in very limited circumstances, such as lead paint issues), but sellers can be held responsible for intentional misrepresentations. For example, if a buyer asks you a specific question about the roof (or if you state via the "seller's statement of property condition" that the roof has no defects), and you do not disclose a known leak, you may be held accountable for that misrepresentation.
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