Ashland, KY asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Criminal Law for Kentucky

Q: What are the laws for disclosing pending criminal charges against seller?

During the buying process, I began to do a little research. I discovered that the one half of the selling coke was in jail pending trial for inappropriate conduct at the residence with several young grandchildren. They even had a “play house” in the back yard that we looked at.

The sale was being handled by an agent, but had not been listed publicly. I feel that they were shopping it around to potential out of town buyers like myself that may not know the details of the property. I was able to cancel my offer before she had a chance to accept it. Someone in the future however won’t be so lucky, and will only find this history out after moving in. Shouldn’t this type of thing be disclosed? It seems like it lowers the property value significantly.


1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: There are none unless it involves fraud or misrepresentation of the sale property. The criminal History of a buyer or seller is rarely germane to the sale of property.

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