A Glendale couple is suing their former real estate agent, alleging he failed to disclose the $1 million home they bought earlier this year had “substantial defects” and that a registered sex offender lived next door.
The plaintiffs are identified only as John and Jane Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court complaint filed Wednesday against several parties, including real estate agent Edwin Alexander Ordubegian and his employer, ON Central Realty Inc.
Th defendants did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages on breach of contract and negligence allegations.
In March 2020, the couple found out that a resident residing in an adjacent property is listed on the meganslaw.ca.gov website as a registered sex offender convicted of “continuous sexual abuse of child,” the couple’s lawsuit says.
“Defendants intentionally concealed this critical fact from plaintiffs because they knew that no one, especially plaintiffs, who intend to begin raising a family in their new home, would ever think about purchasing this property,” the suit alleges.
Ordubegian represented the couple when they opened escrow and made a $31,500 deposit toward the total $1.05 million price of the home, according to the suit.
Ordubegian told the plaintiffs that the other neighbors included a retired employee of the Glendale Police Department, a retired government contractor having clearance for nuclear weapons and a medical professional at Glendale Adventist Hospital, yet “failed to disclose the critical fact that a registered sex offender” resides at the property immediately adjacent to them, the suit alleges.
“Additionally, at no time ever during the entire transaction process were plaintiffs informed or provided with the California Association of Realtors Megan’s Law database disclosure as required under California Civil Code Section,” according to their court papers.
The home was marketed as completely remodeled with brand-new fixtures and appliances, but after the couple moved in, they discovered “substantial defects they were promised were corrected during the sales transaction period,” the suit alleges.
The defects had not been corrected and included issues with electricity, plumbing defects and non-functioning appliances and utilities, the suit alleges.
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