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A Comprehensive Guide to Navigating Seller’s Disclosure Issues

In real estate transactions, seller’s disclosures play a pivotal role in ensuring transparency and fairness between buyers and sellers. These documents serve as a vital source of information, detailing the condition of the property and any potential issues that might affect property value. However, understanding the necessary seller’s disclosures can be complicated, and both sellers and buyers need to be well-informed to protect their interests. In this blog post, we’ll examine the key aspects of seller’s disclosure issues, shedding light on common challenges and best practices.

What is a Seller’s Disclosure?

A seller’s disclosure is a document in which the seller discloses information about the property’s condition. It typically covers aspects such as structural issues, environmental hazards, past repairs, and other material facts. Sellers are legally obligated to provide accurate and complete disclosures. Failure to disclose known issues can lead to legal consequences, including lawsuits and financial penalties.

Common Seller’s Disclosure Issues

1. Incomplete Disclosures

Sellers may unintentionally overlook certain details, leading to incomplete disclosures but, generally, the seller is only obligated to disclose issues known to them.

2. Concealment of Defects

Some sellers may purposefully conceal property defects to secure a better deal. This can lead to serious legal consequences and financial repercussions.

Ways to Avoid Seller’s Disclosure Issues

1. Proper Handling of Material Facts

  • Sellers must disclose material facts that could influence a buyer’s decision that are known by the seller.
  • Material facts can include issues like water damage, mold, pest infestations, and major repairs.

2. Using Correct Seller’s Disclosure Forms

  • Different jurisdictions have specific disclosure forms, and sellers must use the appropriate documents.
  • Working with a real estate attorney can ensure compliance with local regulations.

3. Buyer’s Due Diligence

  • Buyers should thoroughly review seller’s disclosures and ask questions about any concerns.
  • Professional inspections can provide an additional layer of assurance.

4. Ensuring Accuracy in Disclosures

  • Sellers should take the time to thoroughly inspect their property and provide accurate information in disclosures, however, it is important to note that a disclosure by the seller is based upon their knowledge and does not operate as a warranty on the property that everything is in working condition or that it is free of defects.
  • Rushed or incomplete disclosures can lead to disputes and legal challenges involving issues with deposits and/or issues post-sale for damages.

Why You Should Consult With a Real Estate Attorney

Negotiating Repairs or Price Adjustments

If issues are discovered after receiving disclosures, buyers can often negotiate repairs or a reduction in the purchase price and might be able to terminate the agreement if necessary. A skilled real estate attorney can assist in negotiating favorable terms or navigating a termination of the agreement.

Legal Assistance for Sellers

Sellers should consult with a real estate attorney to understand their obligations and protect their interests. Legal guidance can help sellers manage complex disclosure issues and minimize legal risks.


Navigating seller’s disclosure issues is a critical aspect of any real estate transaction. Sellers must prioritize transparency, and buyers should conduct due diligence to make informed decisions. With the guidance of experienced real estate attorneys, both parties can better understand the complexities of seller’s disclosures, ensuring a fair and legally sound transaction.

Remember, real estate laws vary by jurisdiction, so it’s crucial to consult with a local attorney familiar with the specific regulations in your area. For assistance in Florida regarding the handling of seller’s disclosures, please contact our team of real estate attorneys.

About the Author

John M. Frazier, Jr. is a litigation partner at Widerman Malek and focuses his practice on resolving a wide range of business and corporate legal disputes. When John is not in state or federal court representing his clients, he advises business entities and individuals in nearly every legal aspect of operating a business or contractual matter and what to do if things go wrong. He provides guidance in areas including real estate disputes for buyers and sellers, employment issues, shareholder agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, commercial leases, development projects, and other breach of contract issues. John frequently serves as a keynote speaker educating the public on the law and presents before chambers of commerce, business leaders, rotary clubs, and as a keynote speaker on behalf of the Florida Bar’s Speaker Bureau covering litigation, discovery practices, and conducting depositions.