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New Law Requires Home Sellers Disclose Door, Window Problems

Jan 6, 2015
Originally published on January 2, 2015 1:42 pm

Starting this year, home sellers in Illinois need to provide more information to potential buyers. 

Illinois already requires disclosure of problems like asbestos, radon, lead paint... and even if a home was used as a meth lab.  Add to that list... issues with doors and windows.

Some may be warped or leak... and lead to bigger concerns.  

The change in state law arose from a court case in which a judge found the seller of a Knox County home was not required to point out problems with doors and windows, which later led to heavy water damage.

There are now more than 20 items sellers must address on a detailed form.  Still, consumer advocates say buyers should always beware and do their due diligence. 

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