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Apartment 2634: A tale of three murders

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Austin Police tell us early Saturday morning, 33-year-old Charles Robert Sanders and 21-year-old Remedios De Machibya apparently shot and killed each other in apartment 2634.

Back in October, police say a woman shot and killed her boyfriend over money in the apartment.

A resident we spoke with this weekend really wanted to move because of the murders -- which makes you wonder - do landlords have to tell tenants about something like this before they move in?

Attorney Fred Fuchs says there's no state law requiring it.

"If they are directly asked a question and are trying to mislead a tenant by silence or by an answer that's not completely true, there could be liability on the part of the management company. But there's no affirmative duty to disclose that a murder had occurred," Fuchs said.

Bob Easter is a long time property owner with the Austin Rental Alliance. He says it may not be required, but the landlord should be forthcoming.

"That's what I would want. And so if the consumer doesn't ask, just simply tell them. 'There's been a couple of murders in this property. And if that bothers you, let's find another unit and if not, we're reducing the rent,'" Easter said.

This week, we asked Sgt. Miller with the APD Homicide Unit just how often do they see repeat murders at the same exact location...like in this instance. He's never seen it...and a fellow detective who worked both cases was reportedly "floored."

Some might say it's actually a little bit freaky...or a lot.

"I can tell you that that was one of the defenses or one of the things that she had said originally from the first case...was that she thought the apartment was possibly haunted," Miller said.

The rental experts we spoke with say smart tenants should be asking some serious questions of the landlord before they move in.

If you're in a place right now and you're wondering what sort of crazy stuff has happened there before, there is a website you can go to called www.diedinhouse.com. For a small fee, you can find the answer to that question.

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