“Anti-Home Hacking Clause” Added
to Minnesota Purchase Agreement

Scarcely a month ago, I wrote about the case of a disgruntled Minnesota home Seller who exacted their no_hackerrevenge on their Buyer, post-closing, by remotely hacking into the home’s Nest thermostat (the story is that they waited for the new owner to go on vacation last winter, then turned off the heat).

See, “New Homeowner ‘To Do’ List: Change Locks, Meet Neighbors, Reprogram Nest (Huh?!?).”

Minnesota (Not So) Nice

Apparently, the problem was concerning enough that, as of August 1, this language was added to the standard Minnesota Purchase Agreement:

LINKED DEVICES:  Seller warrants that Seller shall permanently disconnect or discontinue Seller’s access or service to any device or system on or serving the property that is connected or controlled wirelessly, via internet protocol (“IP”) to a router or gateway or directly to the cloud no later than delivery of possession as specified in the Purchase Agreement.

Hard to believe that that would be necessary, but there you go . . .

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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