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Do you love American Horror Story? If you watched Season One, you would remember how Marcy continued to compromise on the selling price of “Murder House.” As required by law in California, the real estate agent must disclose that the previous occupants were the victims of a murder-suicide.

Under Massachusetts law, real estate brokers and sellers are under no legal obligation to disclose that a property was the site of a felony, suicide or homicide, or had been the site of an alleged “parapsychological or supernatural phenomenon,” i.e., a haunted house. Thus, buyers are on their own to discover these types of stigmas

That said, if you are about to buy a house, asks these questions of the seller and see if you can lower sale price based on the seller’s answers.

1) Has anyone died on the premise?
2) Have any satanic cults practiced on the property?
3) Has anyone been murdered on the property?
4) Are there any abandoned cemeteries or tunnels near by?
5) Has anyone seen or heard ghost on the property?

Here are some examples of how to apply your disclosure questions:

Shelton Hall at Boston University

Do you live in a haunted house?

The building was constructed in 1923 as one of the first Sheraton hotels, but was later purchased by BU in 1954 to become a residence hall. One year prior, Playwright Eugene O’Neill died in room 401; now it is said he haunts the floor. The elevator stops on the floor for no reason; students hear knocks on their door, but nobody is there when they open.

Questions: Has anyone died here, does their sprit still reside on the premise.
Answer: Yes a person has died here, his spirit may still reside on premise.

Taunton State Hospital

Formerly known as the State Lunatic Hospital at Taunton, the Taunton State Hospital was abandoned in 1975. Rumored to be a Satanic Cu
lt during the 1800s, staff members would allegedly take patients into the basement to conduct rituals and even sacrifices. Many years later, staff members told stories that they would descend the stairs only to find something physically blocking them from reaching the bottom step…Only there was nothing there.

Question: Have any satanic cults practiced on the premise?
Answer: Possibly, check the basement.

Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham

The Met is an abandoned mental institution in Waltham, famous for a cover-up involving the murder of a patient by a fellow patient. The spirit of the murdered patient is said to haunt the grounds and the adjacent cemetery, which has several unmarked graves. There is also a series of underground tunnels that run from building to building, where people have heard unusual voices and sounds echoing throughout. Closed in January of 1992, the only remaining building on campus is the one pictured above.

Question: Has anyone been murdered on the property?
Answer: Yes

Follow up question: Does the murdered person’s spirit still reside on the property?
Answer: Yes, check the abandoned commentary, preferably at night. Also, check the underground tunnels.


Happy Halloween from Doubleday Law

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday

Author Arthur Hardy-Doubleday

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday practices law in Cambridge and Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts. He works in the areas of Real Estate, Personal Injury, and Consumer Protection Law. When not practicing law, Arthur enjoys sailing, hanging out with friends on the beach, and waking his dog "Ridiculous."

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