Here are several concerns that buyers are responsible for checking themselves.
Sex Offenders in the Community:
For information call the sex crimes unit of the Suffolk (631-852-6183) and Nassau (516-573-8055) police departments, or visit the following sites: www.parentsformeganslaw.org, www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor, www.familywatchdog.us.
For information about lead poisoning and lead removal, call National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-Lead.
Asbestos, Lead Pipes and Radon:
Names of testers can be obtained from the State Health Department's Center for Environmental Health Information Line at 800-458-1158 or visit our preferred partners list.
Other Environmental Concerns:
a) Maps and information about known environmental hazards, such as Superfind sites, and a database of hazardous chemical users in a community can be obtained on the Environmental Protection Agency's Web Site (http://www.epa.gov). To seek answers to additional questions, call the EPA's regional office (212-637-3000).
b) For information on reviewing a registry of inactive hazardous waste disposal sites on Long Island, call the DEC at (631) 444-0350
c) Buyers also can obtain the findings of state cancer mapping by calling the state's environmental health information line at (800) 458-1158.
Buyers may have a termite inspection done at their own cost to ascertain any damage or present infestation, or visit our preferred partners list.
Major Planned or Proposed Construction:
Contact the Federal Highway Administration Regional office at (518) 431-4127 and the State Department of Transportation at (631) 952-6153 (for both Suffolk and Nassau projects), and the local municipality to obtain specific information about future projects that could alter the character of a neighborhood.
Recurrent Flooding and Leaks:
The seller need not reveal such problems, but if he or she deliberately disguises water damage it could be considered active concealment and a basis for liability, lawyers say.
Air Traffic Noise:
The Federal Aviation Administration's Air Space Branch at (718) 553-4530 can provide information on air traffic patterns.
Disease, Death and Crimes on the Premises:
State law specifies that the seller and their agents need not disclose that a occupant of the house had any disease unlikely to be transmitted through occupancy of the dwelling. They need not reveal whether the house was the site of a homicide, suicide or other death by accidental or natural causes, or the scene of any crime punishable as a felony.