A man who moved in to what he thought was a bargain apartment in Las Vegas was shocked to find out it had been the site of a murder just months previously.
Luciano Peres was scouring the internet for a good deal on an apartment. With two other roommates, he found a three bedroom unit starting at US$1600 ($2270). They signed the lease and moved in on June 1. The complex is located off Torrey Pines and Smoke Ranch Road.
"When I moved in, you know, unload my stuff for the truck, many neighbours stop me – oh, do you know what happened there? Do you want to move there?" Peres said.
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On move-in day neighbours told him a young woman was murdered in that very same unit.
"I feeling really, really frustrated. I never expected because I started new home and new life," Peres said.
When he went to management about it- he was told they have no obligation to inform him if he did not specifically ask.
FOX5 spoke with local real estate agent Megan Foley about the state's disclosure laws.
"Per Nevada law we do not have to disclose if it was a homicide or a suicide, however we would have to disclose per Nevada law if it was meth or any other chemical related death," Foley said.
Elizabeth Ashley, a real estate attorney based out of Henderson, said there is more duty on the buyer's or renter's part to investigate a property.
She recommends knocking on neighbours' doors before moving in to get the local gossip.
Makisha Giles lives in the apartment unit directly under the unit Peres and his friends had rented.
Giles was brought to tears bringing up what she and her husband heard the night her neighbour was murdered.
She said management never checked in on her, but police did – to ask if they could see her unit, since they believed bullet holes went through the floor.
"The way that the bullets are going down, they're going down right where my room is," Giles said.
Police checked and found no bullets that made their way through. They told Giles she and her husband are lucky to be alive.
Giles said it was important to her that she let Peres and his roommates know what had happened there.
"I don't think you should just move a person into an apartment complex with them not knowing or aware of a situation like that," Giles said.