Legislator writing bill to inform homebuyers


A state delegate from Anne Arundel County said yesterday he is drafting legislation that would help inform homebuyers about future road extensions and other building projects.

Del. John R. Leopold, a Pasadena Republican, said his bill would require sellers of new homes in Maryland to advise buyers to consult master plans and other public documents for information on projects.

Those requirements -- in place in Baltimore and Howard counties -- should be applied statewide as part of a strategy to promote orderly growth, Leopold said.

Leopold described his intentions yesterday after The Sun reported several examples of homeowners who failed to check public documents to learn of projects affecting their homes. Some of these homeowners said that real estate agents and homebuilders either failed to tell them of the projects or misled them about plans.

Leopold said he has been involved in similar cases for more than a decade. Most recently, he said, he referred two cases to the Consumer Protection Division of the state attorney general's office for investigation. In those cases, sales agents might have misled homebuyers into thinking road extensions would not be built, he said.

"These issues have been cropping up with increased frequency, and it's obviously not an isolated matter," he said.

Leopold said he likely will pre-file his bill before the start of next year's General Assembly session.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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