Sequim or Port Angeles home sellers, starting on July 26, 2009 you will need to start using the new Form 17 Seller’s Disclosure Statement, which is mandatory in Washington.   This is RCW 64, and right now you can review the history of the bill at New Seller Disclosure Form.

Here’s a quick highlight of the changes in the law and the form.

  • There’s a new question regarding defects in the operation of the water system (e.g. pipes, tank, pump).
  • There’s a revised question:  Has the roof leaked?  is now Has the roof leaked within the last five years?
  • There’s a new question regarding wood burning appliances and whether the appliances are certified as clean burning appliances.
  • Some questions in the Environmental section have been changed regarding flooding and standing water on the property.
  • There are revised questions in the Environmental section regarding fill dirt and waste.
  • The Environmental section clarifies that the seller need only answer yes if there is electrical utility equipment on the property that does not provide service to the property.
  • There’s a revised question in the Environmental section regarding radio towers interference with telephone reception.
  • And there’s a new question asking for the contact information for a representative from the homeowner’s association who can provide association documents to the buyer. Please note that the failure of the association to provide requested information does not constitute the seller’s failure to provide Form 17.

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