If a property in Ontario has been stigmatized as a result of a murder, suicide, death, haunting — or other unpleasant event — must this be disclosed to a purchaser?
That was the question facing the court last year in a case involving a commercial property in Kitchener after 1784773 Ontario Inc. bought a property from K-W Labour Association back in 2010.
Shortly after closing, a local newspaper article quoted Stephen Kramer, a director of the seller corporation, commenting on the property: “It’s haunted.”
“I have heard this from a couple of people — up on the third floor, there is an office up there and they said some days you see somebody moving around inside of there and there is nobody there.
“We used to make jokes that Jimmy Hoffa was in the basement . . . It’s a labyrinth in there,” Kramer said.