HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMEONE DIED IN A TORONTO PROPERTYBy CondoWong Thursday, October 31, 2019
Are you going to visit a haunted house for Halloween tonight?
I mean...a real haunted house...where someone was murdered.
When you purchase a resale property, how do you know if a homicide or suicide ever occurred in the property?
Is there an official website where you can check the information online?
Due to the Privacy Act, the information cannot be posted publicly at a central location.
Would the incident be recorded in the condo status certificate?
It may be, but most likely not.
It would be a voluntary disclosure by the condo corporation.
So what can we do?
In order to get to the bottom of it, I called property managers at a few different condo corporations.
I talked to a couple of lawyers and I even called the police station.
Let me share with you, the 2 steps we can take to find out the answer.
#1 Google Is Your Friend
Even though there’s no official website, it’s hard to lie in today’s world when everything is online.
I always Google the names of the owners and the property address to see if there are any related news articles.
#2 Ask the Police
The City of Toronto provides a service called the “Freedom of Information”.
You can file an information request on a particular property for $5.
Requests can be submitted online, in-person or by mail.
You will then find out if there are any police records on the property within 30 days.
The truth is only with the police, but you have to ask!
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