In a 5-4 decision in real estate law, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently decided that a seller of residential real estate is not required to disclose the fact that there was a murder/suicide by the prior owners in the home.
In Milliken v. Jacono, Mr. and Mrs. Jacono purchased a property at sheriff’s sale that had been the site of a murder/suicide involving the prior owners. The Jaconos appeared to have bought the home as a quick investment and soon after purchasing it, relisted it for sale. They were aware of the murder/suicide and along with their agent and broker consulted with the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors to determine whether they had a duty to disclose it under the mandates of the Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law. They were both advised by the association that disclosure was not necessary.