Question

Seller has a rent back post-closing for 2 weeks, during that time, sellers tested positive for covid during rent back. I don’t believe there is any precedent for who’s responsible for what and best practices. Do you have any advice on how to handle these situations?

Answer

The Hotline lawyer is not aware of any established protocols. Broker should disclose to buyer any knowledge broker has of seller's C-19 infection, enabling buyer to take the action that buyer wants to take to protect buyer and the occupants of the home. Once the sale closes, buyer is seller's landlord and buyer will recover possession of the property as any landlord will recover possession and it is up to buyer to determine what cleaning or restoration of the property is necessary prior to buyer's occupancy. Broker should advise buyer to consult local Health Department officials if buyer does not know how to proceed.

Date of Posting

9/14/2020

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The Legal Hotline Lawyer does not represent Washington REALTORS® or its members. The advice contained herein does not constitute legal counsel. Please consult with your managing broker for best practices.

Association Name

SEATTLE KING COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® INC