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Do you Have to Disclose a Death When Selling Your Home in California?

Mar 24, 2021

Disclosing death when selling a home

If buying or selling a home in San Diego County is in your future, you're likely well versed the entire process from the initial offer to closing. But are you aware that disclosing a death in the home may be required? Here's what you need to know. 

Property Disclosure Documents

No matter how perfect a house looks on the outside, there is often property information a buyer needs to disclose before the sale can go through. Property disclosure documents reveal known structural issues, neighborhood nuisances, hazards, HOA details, water damage, notable repairs made to the home and death in the home. 

Rules for reporting a death in the home vary by state, and variations in rules may include:

  • Timeframe: When the death occurred. 
  • How the person passed away: If the death occurred naturally versus due to negligence on the property.
  • Hauntings: If the seller has knowledge that the property is being haunted by the dead. 

So what are the rules in California? Here are the details:

 "In California, for example, any death on a property (peaceful or otherwise) needs to be disclosed if it occurred within the last three years. The seller must also disclose any known death in the home if the buyer asks." (source)

For a state by state guide on disclosure laws we recommend visiting this resource on

Remediating After a Death in a Home

If a death recently occurred in the home you're hoping to purchase, there may have been biohazards from bloodborne pathogens that required remediation. Consider asking the seller how the death was remediated to ensure proper steps were taken. Remediation processes may vary depending on the location of the death, how the death occurred, types of flooring, and if the death was undiscovered for days or weeks. 

Bio-One technicians are trained and equipped to properly disinfect biohazards from bloodborne pathogens, and we ensure safe biohazard material handling and disposal. Once the entire area is cleaned of blood and body fluids, we also help property owners restore the location to its pre-incident state. 

If you are selling a home and need a biohazard remediated or want to ensure remediation was done correctly, give Bio-One a call at (858) 261-4527. Our experts not only contain and disinfect the dangerous biological materials, we carry out our work in a caring and private manner. 

Mar 16, 2021


After a violent crime occurs in your home, you may be wondering who is responsible for cleaning up the crime scene.  These traumatic events can leave blood and other biological materials that could contaminate the area in which the crime occurred.  Understanding who is responsible for cleaning up the scene and who pays for these services will help you manage the situation in the most practical and painless way possible for yourself and your family.

Who Is Responsible for Crime Scene Cleanup?

After a violent crime, many property owners believe that law enforcement or the coroners office will perform the cleanup necessary to restore the area to a safe and livable condition.  In fact, the property owner is responsible for these tasks.  While you don't have to clean the crime scene yourself, you will be responsible for the process of restoring and remediating the scene to create a safe environment.


  • Violent crimes can create trauma for you, your family and your employees. Attempting to clean up the remaining evidence of the crime could increase the traumatic effects of these events.
  • Proper training is required to remediate crime scenes safely and completely, including in cases of clandestine drug lab cleanups.
  • Personal protective gear and chemical compounds are needed to remove traces of biological contaminants and to provide protection against these substances during the cleanup process.

Working with a compassionate crime scene remediation service is the best way to manage the cleanup or remediation of potentially hazardous substances left behind at crime scenes in your home or business premises.

Who Pays for Professional Crime Scene Cleanup or Biohazard Remediation?

There are funds that can sometimes contribute financial help for property owners who are struggling with the costs of remediation for a crime scene on their property.  Your homeowners insurance may also include coverage for these situations.  In general, however, you will assume the bulk of the responsibility for the cost of cleaning up the crime scene.

When Can Crime Scene Cleanup Commence?

In most cases, you can begin the remediation and cleanup process as soon as officials at the coroners office release the scene.  Your first call should be to a professional crime scene remediation service.  These professionals will assess the crime scene and will provide you with the right guidance for dealing with the situation quickly and efficiently to restore normalcy to your home or business.

If you need help after a crime is committed on your property, contacting a firm that specializes in biohazard remediation and crime scene cleanup is a solid first step toward resolving this situation and getting things back to normal.  By working with a company that specializes in these services, you will be able to put the incident behind you to move on with your life and your regular activities.  Our trained response teams are standing by to assist 24/7 with crime scene remediation services throughout Poway, San Diego County, and surrounding areas.  Give us a call at (858) 261-4527 to get the peace of mind you deserve from the professionals that 'Help First'.

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