Must a seller or listing broker disclose that a suicide, murder or natural death took place in the property?

No.  Rhode Island law does not require a seller or listing broker to volunteer that any type of death occurred on the property.

The fact or suspicion that real property may be or is psychologically impacted is not a material fact requiring disclosure in any real estate transaction”, according to RI law.

Therefore, neither a listing agent nor seller has a duty to disclose non-physical information with a property, such as that a murder, other felony, or suicide occurred on the property.  However, a buyer’s agent who has actual knowledge of these or other non-physical issues that might stigmatize a home should disclose this information to her buyer client to comply with her fiduciary duty of disclosure.

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