|1. New subdivision sales are not exempt from the natural hazard
2. A seller must have actual knowledge that the property is
located in a high fire severity zone before any duty to disclose arises.
3. Providing a buyer with a completed Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement satisfies any
disclosure duty the seller may have with respect to the hazard under any other provision
4. The Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement must be used in residential resale
5. Failure to make the required disclosure can subject the seller or the seller's agent
to reimburse the buyer for any actual damages sustained not in excess of $500.
6. A local option disclosure form can be used in place of the Natural Hazard Disclosure
Statement provided the form has been certified by the Secretary of State's office.
7. If a map is not sufficiently accurate to show whether a property is located in a
FEMA flood zone A, the seller must assume it is in the area and make the disclosure.
8. The natural hazard disclosure legislation established six new disclosure
9. The seller of a parcel to be used for industrial purposes is subject to the
statutory natural hazards disclosure requirements.
10. The seller's agent has the primary responsibility to disclose that property is
located in a dam failure inundation area, seismic hazard zone, earthquake fault zone and
FEMA Zone A.
11. The seller of a commercial building located in a seismic hazard area is not
required to use the Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement to make the disclosure.
12. A seller who provides a buyer with a Transfer Disclosure Statement need not provide
the buyer with the Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement.
13. Sellers of property within a natural hazard area that are not required to use the
Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement must include in the disclosure a warning that the
buyer's ability to get insurance may be limited.
14. A seller who relies on an erroneous report prepared by a qualified expert that the
property is not in a high fire severity zone may be insulated from liability without
regard to the seller's actual knowledge.
15. Dam failure inundation areas consist of areas subject to potential flooding in the
event of a total or partial failure of a dam that would result in significant property
16. If the map is not sufficiently accurate that a reasonable person can determine
whether the property is within a high fire severity zone, the seller may mark
"no" on the Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement if the seller has an expert's
report verifying that the property is not in the zone.
17. If property in the first phase of a new subdivision is not within a natural hazard
area, the entire subdivision is exempt from any disclosure requirement.
18. Absent actual knowledge, no duty to disclose arises unless the local jurisdiction
has been provided with a map showing the property is in an earthquake fault zone and
notice of the location of the map has been posted in the offices of the county's recorder,
assessor and planning agency.
19. A seller is not personally liable for actual damages for failing to disclose the
property was in a high fire severity zone if the seller had no actual knowledge but the
seller's agent had actual knowledge.
20. If the seller fails to make a required disclosure, the buyer may bring an action to
rescind the transaction, or, in the alternative, an action for damages.
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