Icon wrote:I think the sentence was imposed not because the guy lied outrageously but rather to set a legal precedent over the breaking of the contract, as he had already signed on paper that the house was "ghost free". In this case, I would say it is setting an example, as he could as well have lied about whether radioactive bars were used for the columns, etc... We would not be surprised if someone who sold a house under those conditions -radioactive bars- would be panalized, too. For Taiwanese -and me too- a suicide is a major no-no, just as big as radioactive bars.
A major difference being that radioactive bars can give you cancer, and kill you. As for a ghost, if it bothers you, then the house should be returned and the seller forced to give back the money. You, the buyer, suffered no harm, other than inconvenience by having to move again, and maybe some stress. Criminal penalties seem inappropriate in this case. It should be a civil matter.
Here in Taidong, there's a hotel downtown that's been closed for nearly a year because one of the guests commited suicide by jumping from the top floor. It's a total loss - guests can't stay there because of the ghost, and the owner can't sell the building, so it sits vacant.
As for me personally, I couldn't care less if someone died in the house where I live, by means of suicide or whatever. Dead people have never caused me any trouble. It's always living people who cause trouble.
I wonder if this law also applies to land (rather than just a house). You can at least tear down a house and build a new one (I presume that gets rid of the ghosts), but what if someone dies on your vacant land? You know, there's probably not an acre of land left in Taiwan where somebody hasn't died an unnatural death. This island has been inhabited by aborigines for 12,000 years and they fought frequent tribal wars, with plenty of headhunting. Then the Han arrived 400 years ago and killed many aborigines (and each other). Then the Dutch, followed by the Japanese - the newcomers each left their own trail of blood behind. Last but not least, let's not forget Chiang Kaishek and the 228 Massacre. Do sellers of land have to account for every violent death since the beginning of time, or is there a statute of limitations?