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    quentin Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 6, 2006, 06:10 PM
    Real Estate Broker disclosure obligations
    In New York state, must a broker (or landlord) disclose that a deceased person's ashes are buried on the grounds (of a country house for rent)?
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    Feb 7, 2006, 05:45 AM
    The NY State Dept of Health says
    "You may also dispose of the cremains in any manner that complies with local health department or other regulations."
    ... so legally, it's a local issue.

    I couldn't find an answer addressing whether an owner or agent is required to disclose, but my R/E knowledge leads me to think "No"

    Even if someone "broke the law" in burying them there, I don't see that a case could be made that it's knowledge would affect the transaction; That is, be a detriment that a new owner needs to be aware of.

    If you don't get a firmer answer, try the NY City Dept of Consumer Affairs. They've got some info here, but don't say what is acceptable for ashes.

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