Can a realtor be sued if they lied about a property to a tenant?

UPDATED: Jul 9, 2012

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Can a realtor be sued if they lied about a property to a tenant?

House renting. Realtor said house built late 1970’s but when I checked zillow it was 1956. I asked about lead. He did that, “Not to my knowledge” thing. So I asked,”Is that a yes or no?” He said nothing to worry about. Husband was in rush to sign. And now were here. I also have 2 children under 3 years with compromised immune systems.

Asked on July 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, everyone has the right to bring a lawsuit. The key is proving liability and damages. As with your question, if you can demonstrate that the real estate agent who was assisting you in renting the home you rented "lied" and misrepresented the material facts of the home where you are paying too much for it on a monthly basis or have suffered any other actual damages, then you have a factual and legal basis to file suit regarding the lead issue that you have written about.

I suggest that you may consider consulting further with a landlord tenant attorney about your question.

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