California Real Estate Disclosure Requirements
Below are the primary disclosure requirements that must be completed when selling property in California. Click the links below to learn more about each requirement and how to obtain the correct forms. NOTE: The California Association of Realtors (CAR) publishes a Sales Disclosure Chart which explains, based on property type, when these requirements apply. Exceptions may exist.
- California Transfer Disclosure Statement
- California Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement
- California Notice of Supplemental Property Tax Bill Disclosure
- California Appraisal Discrimination Addendum Disclosure
- Federal Lead-Based Paint Disclosures and Pamphlet (if built before 1978)
- Booklets to Provide the Buyer
You May Also Need to Complete One or More of These Disclosures:
- California Common Interest Development Documents Disclosure
- California Structural Pest Control Inspection Report and Certification Disclosure
- California Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act and 1915 Bond Act Tax Disclosures
- California Home Fire Hardening and Defensible Space Disclosures
- California Transfer Fee Disclosure
- California Advisability of Title Insurance
- California Groundwater Basin Adjudication Notice Disclosure
- California Industrial Use Zone Location Disclosure
- California Meth Lab Clean Up Order Disclosure
- California Former Military Ordnance Location Disclosure
- California Local Area Disclosures
- Disclosures Satisfied by the CAR Version of the Transfer Disclosure Statement
- Disclosures Satisfied by the CAR Purchase Agreement
- Federal Real Estate Disclosures
Additional California Requirements:
- California Carbon Monoxide Detector Compliance
- California Smoke Alarm Compliance
- California Water Heater Bracing Compliance
- California Water Conserving Fixtures Compliance
Requirements When Buying a Property:
- California Tax Withholding in Real Estate Sales
- Federal Tax Withholding In Real Estate Sales (FIRPTA)
When Should I Provide These Disclosures?
In Northern California it is customary to complete these disclosures and have them available for buyers to review prior to placing an offer, while in Southern California they are often provided after contract acceptance. We recommend you provide them in advance and require the buyer signed versions be included with any offer.
I Am Doing an "As Is" Sale, Do I Still Need to Complete Disclosures?
Yes. See the CAR Sales Disclosure Chart.
Property Developers and Subdividers
This list is not inclusive of Subdivided Lands Law and Subdivision Map Act requirements.
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