Attorney General Gansler Files Charges Against Unlicensed Charles County Home Builder
MD ( April 18, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division's Home Builder Registration Unit has filed charges against Antoine Knott of Bel Alton, for failing to comply with Maryland's Home Builder Registration Act, Consumer Protection Act, and Custom Home Protection Act.
The Home Builder Registration Unit filed a statement of charges alleging the unlicensed builder accepted deposits and payments from consumers in Prince George's and Charles County and then failed to complete construction of the homes, pay subcontractors, or refund deposits and advance payments made by consumers. A hearing on the statement of charges is scheduled for August 24, 2011 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 requires new home builders to be registered in order to operate as a builder in the State and accept consumer deposits and payments,” said Attorney General Gansler. “My office will seek severe sanctions against builders who operate without being registered or fail to properly handle consumer deposits.”
Consumers who may have had problems with homes built by Knott or other builders should contact the Home Builder Registration Unit at (410) 576-6573 or toll free at (877) 259-4525. Consumers can also email the Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also check to see if a builder is registered at www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder or by contacting the Home Builder Registration Unit.