real estate


Question by  thivya (9)

Is it illegal to lie about an HOA during a home sale?

I was not told there is an HOA when I purchased my home.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Withholding information is not a lie. Unless your purchase agreement details the required membership in the HOA as well as fees/dues, you are mostly likely not bound. If it is a condo, or a free-standing home in a community with a pool, tennis and other amenities, you might have asked.


Answer by  bitchstewie (489)

Illega? probably not but you will be opening up to contractual problems by not being forthcoming about the HOA. Full disclosure is important.


Answer by  kimmyg (8)

Yes any thing that is considered a material fact must be disclosed before the sale is complete and Home Owner Association costs, restriction and information is certainly a material fact.


Answer by  partyanimal33 (452)

In most states, it is not illegal. But there is a difference in the seller telling you there is not a HOA when there is one and them just not telling you anything. When you buy a house in a neighborhood, it is always something you want to remember to ask.


Answer by  LeheckaG (1826)

In real-estate (as in most-purchases), Buyer-Beware. Due-diligence prior to closing/escrow is primarily the-buyer's-responsibility. Your-state might-have disclosure-laws/rules requiring realtors/sellers to make full-disclosure; Your-specific-legal-resource depends on your-state's-regulations. If you were not told about your-Home-Owners-Association, Then they did NOT "lie" to you, Unless they said there was NOT a HOA, But they did FAIL to make full-disclosure. Your-Deed/Title-insurance/search SHOULD have disclosed your-HOA.

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