The six-bedroom, 3.5 bath home, which recently topped a list for the creepiest urban legend in New Jersey, is on the market for $1,125,000
ELIZABETH — A Superior Court judge will decide next week whether to dismiss the remaining counts of a civil lawsuit involving the infamous “Watcher” house in Westfield, potentially ending years of litigation that has kept the home in the spotlight.
The civil lawsuit was filed against John and Andrea Woods in June 2015 by Maria and Derek Broaddus, the current owners of the old Dutch Colonial house located on Boulevard in Westfield.
They claim the Woods knew about an alleged stalker who referred to himself in letters sent to the home as “The Watcher” but withheld that information out of fear they would lose the house sale.
Judge Camille M. Kenny heard oral arguments on Thursday from attorneys representing both sides.
The Broaddus’ attorney, Lee Levitt, argued the Woods “had a duty” to disclose a letter they received from “The Watcher” just before the sale of the home.
“There is no question, had they disclosed it and based on an inference of the three threatening letters we received, it adversely affected the value of the property,” Levitt told Kenny. “(My clients) are now asking $300,000 less than what they paid for the house and can’t even get someone to look at it.”
Richard Kaplow, the Woods’ lawyer, said state law did not require his clients to disclose an off-site social condition.
“There is no duty for a private seller to either investigate or disclose what’s called a transient social condition,” Kaplow said. “Or, phrased somewhat differently, no duty to disclose an undesirable neighbor.”
He said the law requires owners to disclose “physical elements associated with the land.”
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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News