By Brendan Felix
House bill 1610 is a bill that is being sponsored by State representative Jim McConnell, and Mindi Messer. If this bill is passed, It would allow for realtors to disclose the location of possible contamination sites, or areas with high levels of MTBE a chemical that was used in the mid-1900s to combat smog. The bill will require that any sites that contain contaminants, weather its a dump or a gas station for example, within a 1-mile radius, must be disclosed. If Bill 1610 passes into the law it would require that the Sellers now have to disclose more information at the homeowners expense. This may affect the overall state of the housing market in New Hampshire but would really benefit the citizens of New Hampshire that are not being given the whole truth. “Essentially, the real estate agent is required to disclose to the buyer only what was manifestly obvious or what you, as the seller, actually mentioned about the property” (Farkas 2018).
I believe that 1 mile might be too great of a distance, and quite honestly the information that the bill possesses is perhaps is already aware to most New Hampshire residents. Nonetheless the issue of clean drinking water is one that must be addressed nationwide and must be drawn to people's attention. Although this bill may only help isolated cases, such as the issue with MTBE that is occurring in Swanzey, I do support the bill. I am weary that the bill passing will have an impact in cleaning up this long-standing issue of water contamination in New Hampshire.
Realtors can get away Farkas, B. (n.d.). Selling a New Hampshire Home: What Are My Disclosure Obligations? Retrieved February 05, 2018, from https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/selling-new-hampshire-home-what-are-my-disclosure-obligations.html
Crompton, J. (2017, October 05). W. Swanzey residents sue oil companies over additive in water. Retrieved February 05, 2018, from http://www.wmur.com/article/w-swanzey-residents-sue-oil-companies-over-additive-in-water-1/5212437
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