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disclosing death in apartment

sukibiroc
January 14, 2016 01:48PM

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I recently rented an apartment where I understand there was a death. Does anyone know if there is a duty on the part of the owners to disclose this? I did not know before I rented.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

OldTart
January 14, 2016 02:10PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

Not in the USVI. Only CA mandates that a LL must disclose the information voluntarily, one other state requires the LL to tell if asked.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

susan56
January 14, 2016 02:47PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 147

We rented a condo with the intention of buying on STX.

After our initial contact with the Realtor it was disclosed
that a previous tenant had committed suicide on the balcony.

I did a lot of research on this issue.

Not sure it was a suicide.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

Alana33
January 14, 2016 04:35PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,976

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sukibiroc
I recently rented an apartment where I understand there was a death. Does anyone know if there is a duty on the part of the owners to disclose this? I did not know before I rented.

Do you think it's haunted?
Got Jumbies?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/14/2016 04:37PM by Alana33.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

wanderer
January 14, 2016 07:29PM

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Posts: 596

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Alana33
Got Jumbies?

Jumbies have a weakness -- they are obsessive-compulsive. It's easy to distract them with something trivial. For example, if you leave some salt in front of the house, jumbies would be compelled to count every grain, before they do anything else.

I'd be more concerned about Chupacabras. I spotted a few on STX. The tourism bureau recommends carrying a spear with an oak stave, while in USVI.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

Alana33
January 14, 2016 09:25PM

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Posts: 11,976

Chupacabras live in PR.
No sightings in the VI.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

Scubadoo
January 15, 2016 01:10AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,074

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Alana33
Quote
sukibiroc
I recently rented an apartment where I understand there was a death. Does anyone know if there is a duty on the part of the owners to disclose this? I did not know before I rented.

Do you think it's haunted?
Got Jumbies?
thumbs up

Re: disclosing death in apartment

OldTart
January 15, 2016 05:46AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

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Alana33
Chupacabras live in PR.
No sightings in the VI.

Depends on who you are and what you're smoking.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

Gator's Mom
January 15, 2016 07:27AM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 877

Sounds to me the unfortunate former tenant died on the ground below the condo and not in it.

Wikipedia offers advice about jumbies:

[en.wikipedia.org]

Re: disclosing death in apartment

speee1dy
January 15, 2016 07:42AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,600

would it make a difference?

are you talking a death or a murder?

Re: disclosing death in apartment

caribstx
January 15, 2016 08:05AM

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Posts: 463

If the price was right, I wouldn't care.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

Alana33
January 15, 2016 08:11AM

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Posts: 11,976

My next door neighbor, a 99 yr. old artist, died peacefully in his sleep in his home. Another neighbor down the hill had a tenant pass away in her rental. Many people pass in their homes or rental properties. This happens at vacation rentals as well.

As far as I'm aware, a good realtor will disclose this to a potential buyer. A landlord, as far as I know, has no such obligation.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

speee1dy
January 15, 2016 11:41AM

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the two apartments below us, both had deaths. a total of 3 dead people

Re: disclosing death in apartment

Finatic
January 15, 2016 11:59AM

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Posts: 91

Trivia Fact - in Texas you are not required to disclose a death in a home to a potential buyer; however if you believe the home is haunted you are required to disclose that belief.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

wanderer
January 15, 2016 12:38PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 596

The term "haunted home" is considered offensive nowadays. The politically correct term is a "stigmatized home". The lives of dead people matter. They have rights. Under certain circumstances, they can collect social security.

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CruzanIron
January 15, 2016 01:30PM

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wanderer
The term "haunted home" is considered offensive nowadays. The politically correct term is a "stigmatized home". The lives of dead people matter. They have rights. Under certain circumstances, they can collect social security.

And vote!

Re: disclosing death in apartment

speee1dy
January 15, 2016 03:10PM

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you beat me to the vote remark

Re: disclosing death in apartment

Alana33
January 15, 2016 03:44PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,976

When I was growing up, we lived in a house that always had "stuff" going on. We sort of took it in stride tho it could be pretty interesting and sometimes unnerving at times. It never seemed malevolent just weird and mischievous.

My mother did have it blessed by a priest before it was sold many decades later.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

mtdoramike
January 17, 2016 06:45PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 924

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Alana33
Quote
sukibiroc
I recently rented an apartment where I understand there was a death. Does anyone know if there is a duty on the part of the owners to disclose this? I did not know before I rented.

Do you think it's haunted?
Got Jumbies?

hahahahahahaha, you asked first before I got a chance to.

mike

Re: disclosing death in apartment

nautyrn
January 18, 2016 10:17PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 12

Try to make friends! My previous husband was hanging around being mad and a pain in the ass for awhile. Then I started talking to him, like I did before he died (which, admittedly, did involve me reminding him that he was kind of a dumbass sometimes). Now instead of keeping the kids up at night and annoying the cat at all hours he just stops in to say "hi" every few months by moving his stuff around which is annoying, but at least stuff quit falling off the walls and shelves.

And who knew - if I had just left his shoes outside (where HE left them) I could have prevented all this??? Live and learn!

Re: disclosing death in apartment

pt
January 19, 2016 09:12AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 162

Hi nautyrn,

I like your optimism - making friends with the departed is a good idea for all concerned.

Thanks,
pt

Re: disclosing death in apartment

AandA2VI
January 22, 2016 01:45AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,271

Man, I looked at a place over towards the east end when we moved to STX. It was an odd place - down a long long road with beautiful trees and looked very old - on the water - went up a staircase - into a unit - there were four. I walked though the door and froze - every single hair on my body stood up and I felt like I was going to die - couldn't breath and felt like, doom. Im not usually all paranormal but I will tell you I looked at the real estate agent and my fiancé and said I have to get out of here. It was NOT good. You couldn't pay me to go back in there. Even typing that I got the creeps.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

wanderer
January 22, 2016 01:51AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 596

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AandA2VI
went up a staircase - into a unit - there were four.

Four units or four jumbies? Aside from fear, what else did you feel?

Re: disclosing death in apartment

AandA2VI
January 22, 2016 02:04AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,271

Four units. Just felt death - dark soul - harmful - mean death. It was horrendous. I am a tough broad and my aunt was big into Voodoo and we saw some real crazy S growing up. When we left I was teared up - it was @#$%& intense. We lived on an old plantation growing up with tunnels and hidden rooms all over the property (acres) underground but that was a feeling I've never experienced. You know when something scares you really bad and your limbs go cold - like the blood rushed away from them. It was like that. So hard to explain.

Re: disclosing death in apartment

islandjoan
January 22, 2016 09:42AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,641

Wow AandA

That's deep! I do believe that evil spirits and auras remain in places where violent deaths occurred, and spirits in unrest remain.

Years ago I lived in Jersey City in a row house. We had the basement, first and second floor and someone lived in the top floor. I always felt a vibe in that house and was frequently scared, and I couldn't explain it because I never had that feeling living anywhere else.

While talking to our neighbors one day, they revealed that there had been a fire in the building and a teenage boy was scared to jump from the top floor in to the firefighters net, and he died up there. That explained the vibe I felt.

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