Consumer Protection Division Charges Maryland Home
For Failing to Build Homes
McDaniels Homes’ Registration to Build Homes Suspended
BALTIMORE, MD (May
6, 2008) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has announced
that his Consumer Protection Division’s
Home Builder Registration Unit suspended the registration of D.A.
McDaniels, Inc. t/a McDaniels Homes of Lanham. The Unit filed charges
against the company and its owner for failing to comply with Maryland’s
Home Builder Registration Act, Consumer Protection Act, and the
laws governing deposits on new homes and new home warranties.
The Home Builder Registration
Unit suspended the registration of D.A. McDaniels, Inc. t/a McDaniels
Homes and filed a statement
of charges against the builder and its owner, Derek McDaniels,
for accepting deposits and payments from at least thirteen consumers
in Prince George’s and Charles counties and then failing
to either begin or complete construction of the homes, pay subcontractors,
or refund deposits and advance payments paid by consumers. The
company also failed to disclose to the Home Builder Registration
Unit lawsuits filed by consumers and subcontractors concerning
the company’s building activities. A hearing on the statement
of charges is scheduled for August 25, 2008 at the Office of Administrative
Hearings. The Home Builder Registration Unit is seeking injunctive
relief, restitution, damages, and civil penalties against the builder
for the alleged violations of the law.
“The law in Maryland is very clear: home builders must
honor their commitments to home buyers and properly use their deposits
and payments,” said Attorney General Gansler. “My office
will seek severe sanctions against builders who fail to properly
handle consumer deposits and who do not operate their businesses
fairly and honestly.”
Consumers who may have had problems with homes built by this
or other builders should contact the Home Builder Registration
Unit at (410) 576-6573 in Baltimore or toll free at (877) 259-4525.
Consumers can also email the unit at email@example.com.
To determine if a builder is registered with the Office of the
Attorney General, consumers can visit www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder or contact the Home Builder Registration Unit.