The Seller has a responsibility for revealing to the buyer the true and known condition of the property to the buyer and this information should be disclosed as soon as possible.
Charm or Irritant?
Having lived in this property, the Seller has become accustomed to the peculiar conditions that may have developed. But for the Buyer, that peculiarity may be more than a mere inconvenience. It may be an irritant which the Buyer cannot tolerate. It is important for the Seller to review the condition of the property with the real estate agent and take special note of any problems on the Disclosure Statement. Civil Code Section 1102 required that the Seller provide the Buyer with a completed "Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement."
All Systems Go
A basic assumption on every sale is that the house and systems in the house are functional. For example, the roof will hold out hold out the rain and sun, the hot water heater will provide hot water, and the heater will provide heat. If it is known that any of the systems do not function properly, such facts should be included in the purchase agreement and acknowledged by the Buyer.
An "as is" purchase is perfectly acceptable, as long as the Buyer understands exactly what the "as is" condition entails. Thus, it can be said in the purchase agreement that the Buyer accepts the roof and the plumbing and the electrical system in their present condition and acknowledges that they have defects. This acknowledgment provides a defense for the Seller if it is later claimed he did not disclose the problems.
It is required that the Seller disclose any knowledge of environmental hazards in the home or areas such as asbestos or pollutants. You will be provided with Real Estate Transfer Disclosure filled out by the Seller as to his awareness or knowledge of this subject.