New Law Increases Difficulty of Selling Haunted Houses
on 3/28/2006 (1)
"The new law passed states that should a homeowner have knowledge that their home is haunted, it is their obligation to notify potential buyers of said haunting," said real estate lawyer Jamison Smith. "In the past, homeowners had no such obligation and as a result, haunted houses were often sold to less than suspecting owners."
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"We bought a home that was built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground in 1993," said one such unsuspecting buyer. "We thought it was our dream house, but that dream quickly turned to a nightmare when the dead rose from their graves, ghosts walked our hallways, and apparitions emptied our fridge."
Should it be proven that a home is haunted, a seller with knowledge of the haunting who did not notify the buyer of said haunting is subject to being forced to spend one night alone in the home as well as refunding the purchase price of the home.
"The price is steep, but it is necessary to decrease the number of new home owners that are either scared or killed when they move into a haunted home," said Smith.
In 2005, seven people died as the result of supernatural powers after unknowingly purchasing a haunted home. Another twenty-three people were seriously injured and thirty-four people were "really freaking scared".
This new law promises to drive down the price of haunted house to a point previously only seen by trailer homes and volcano-front property.
"Very few sane people wish to purchase a haunted house," said Smith. "And most insane people are sadly poor as dirt."
Current owners of haunted houses are actively fighting this new law, fearful that it may force them into huge financial loses or the indignity of asking a church to exercise the property.
"I've been forced to wake up to rattling pots and pans, walking dead, and giant marshmallow men for over three years," said one such homeowner. "I have the right to unknowingly sell this home to someone else just as much as you have the right to sell a car with a bad transmission or visit a shemale prostitute while in Las Vegas."
Appeals to this new law are slated to be heard before the Supreme Court mid-April, though most analysts feel that the law will stand.is0" style="display:no
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