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We live across a middle school where the Chiller/Cooling unit that feeds the school is about 20ft away from our house. The noise used to be a problem. The chiller unit would turn on at odd times middle of the night and run non stop similar to loud A/C noise. I fought the school district and had them only operate it during business hours and they had a noise abatement which brought the noise to acceptable level.
We are selling the house right now. Do I have to report this as a noise issue even though it was in the past and it is within city noise ordinance levels at the moment? The School is there and the Chiller unit is visible to any buyer.
Asked on February 6, 2019 under Real Estate Law, California
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 2 years ago | Contributor
Since it's not on your property, you have no obligation to affirmatively disclose it--that is, to disclose it without being asked about it. You only must volunteer issues on your property. However, if you are asked by a potential buyer about any noise issues, you must answer honestly, since to lie about something known to you would be fraud and would give them grounds to sue later.
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