Several years ago I took a course about buyer representation and one of the things we were taught is to give all buyers information about sexual offenders. One of the things that a buyer may ask either a seller or their agent about is whether there are any sexual offenders living in the neighborhood and if you are selling you may not know. This information is now readily available on line and there are several websites to go to. Requirements for registration of offenders in the State of Louisiana, here, history of registration in the State of Louisiana, here.
The law about registering all sexual offenders was instituted in 1994 and the murder of Megan Kanka in New Jersey by a neighbor provoked the law. She was 7 years old and was murdered by a neighbor, a neighbor that the neighborhood had no idea was a sexual offender living within their midst. The murder led to the introduction of “Megan’s Law”, which requires law enforcement to disclose details relating to the location of registered sex offenders.
In Louisiana information about the locations of sexual offenders is part of our mandatory contract but that is a little bit late to learn that a offender lives next door. You have already seen the house, decided you like it and decided to buy it. You can also check during your due diligence inspection period but that is also late in the process as you are already in contract and will be heartbroken if you love the house and decide that this is a deal breaker issue.
This is the information in our contract and the website that is recommended by our Real Estate Commission.
OFFENDER NOTIFICATION: The Louisiana State Police maintains the State Sex Offender and Child Predator
Registry through the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information. It is a public access database of
the locations of individuals who are required to register pursuant to LA R.S. 15:540, et seq. The website for the
database is http://www.lsp.org/socpr/default.html. Sheriff and police departments serving jurisdictions of
450,000 also maintain such information. Inquiries can be made by phone at 1-800-858-0551 or 1-225-925-6100.
Send written inquiries to Post Office Box 66614, Box A-6, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896.