October 7, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
PROTECTION DIVISION UPHOLDS DENIAL OF HOME BUILDER'S REGISTRATION
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer
Protection Division has issued an order upholding the Home Builder
Registration Unit's denial of the application of Anchor Development
Corporation to register as a new home builder in the State of Maryland.
The order prohibits Annapolis-based Anchor Development Corporation
from acting as a home builder in the State of Maryland. The Division
found that Anchor, which also trades as Leedom, Inc., deceptively
attempted to register as a home builder by failing to disclose a
number of lawsuits and judgments involving its President, John Philip
law requires that home builders register with the Home Builder Registration
Unit of my office before they can offer to build homes for consumers,"
said Attorney General Curran. "Builders have a duty to fully
disclose information that will allow the Unit to assess whether
the builder is qualified under Maryland law to build homes for Maryland
added that consumers should not enter into contracts with or pay
any money to builders who are not registered with the Home Builder
Registration Unit. Consumers can check whether builders are registered
by contacting the Unit at (410) 576-6573 in Baltimore, toll-free
at (877) 259-4525 elsewhere in Maryland, or by visiting www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder.