December 19, 2006
CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION REVOKES THE REGISTRATION
OF A VIRGINIA HOME BUILDER AND SETTLES WITH TWO BUILDERS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer
Protection Division revoked the registration
of a new home builder in the State of Maryland for failing to comply
with Maryland’s Home Builder Registration Act and entered
into settlement agreements with two others.
The Division suspended the registration of Construction Consulting
and Management, Inc. of Woodbridge, Virginia. The builder accepted
deposits and payments from at least five consumers in Prince George’s
County and then failed to begin construction of the homes--or return
the money paid. The company also operated as a builder prior to
being registered, made fraudulent statements on its application
to register as a home builder, and failed to report lawsuits, including
a bankruptcy, to the Home Builder Registration Unit. If Construction
Consulting and Management, Inc. fails to request a hearing by December
18, 2006, its registration will be revoked.
The Home Builder Registration Unit also entered into settlement
agreements with two other builders who acted as builders without
being registered. Raymond Porter t/a Porter’s Building and
Improvements of St. Michael’s, Maryland used the license
number issued to him by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission
to obtain a permit to construct a new home prior to obtaining a
registration. Huntington Creek Capital Group, LLC of Easton, Maryland
sold new residential homes without being registered. Both builders
have since registered, and agreed to pay penalties and arbitrate
complaints with the Consumer Protection Division’s Arbitration
Home builders who take advantage of consumers will not be allowed
to build in Maryland,” said Attorney General Curran. Curran
said that home builders must be registered before they can enter
into contracts to build homes for consumers.
Consumers who may have had problems with homes built by these or
other builders should contact the Home Builder Registration Unit
at (410) 576-6573 in Baltimore or call toll free (877) 259-4525.
Consumers can also email that unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They can also check to see if a builder is registered over the
internet at www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder or by contacting the
Home Builder Registration Unit.