Is a real estate agent responsible for disclosing a group home in the neighborhood?

UPDATED: Dec 16, 2011

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Is a real estate agent responsible for disclosing a group home in the neighborhood?

My friend recently bought a home and found out that she is next door to a 6 bed group home. Is it the real estate agent’s responsibility to find that out and inform her of that or is the group home protected under law against that?

Asked on December 16, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

A real estate agent typically has the duty to advise a potential buyer of all conditions with respect to the home being sold that may materially affect the desirabilty of it to buy or the price paid if known.

Whether or not the knowledge of a legal group home in the neighborhood where the property you have written about was purchased is an issue of fact. My opinion is that if the group home is legal, then there is was no duty to disclose this fact assuming the real estate agent knew of its existence before close of escrow.

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