On learning from locals that the house was reputed to be haunted, the buyer asked for a cancellation of the contract he had just signed and refused to cough up the amount he was bound to pay after having his bid accepted.
But Nord-Gudbrandsdal district court sided with the seller, a woman who sued the man for reneging on his agreement to buy the house in Vinstra, 260 kilometres north of Oslo.
“The court cannot see that sufficient evidence has been presented relating to deficiencies at the property, whether in terms of mysterious happenings or the water and drainage system. As such, the buyer cannot have the agreement annulled or demand a price reduction,” the court said.
Furthermore, the court noted that the case ought never to have landed on its table since ghosts are not widely accepted to exist at all.
“Some people believe in ghosts, others don’t,” the court said.