When a young family recently settled on a house in the Beechwood on the Burley neighborhood of St. Margaret’s, they were unaware of a snake infestation that would quickly drain their checkbook and drop their house value.
The Law Office of Matthew Evans III is representing the family as they try to recoup their losses and provide a safe home for their two young children. Jeff and Jody Brooks purchased their home in December, 2014 and lived uneventfully through the cold winter months, unaware that black rat snakes were hibernating quietly within the walls and rafters of their home. As the warm spring days approached, sounds above their heads and sightings of snakes around the house began to raise their suspicions that something was very wrong.
Snakes, snake skins and scat (snake droppings) began to appear in the basement and around the house as the snakes became active again. After seeking help from a local pest control company, it became obvious that they were dealing with an infestation beyond their means: “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Stephen Kulp, manager of an Annapolis branch of Home Paramount in an interview with the Capital Gazette. For the safety of their children, they packed up and moved in with Jody’s mother down the street.
Matthew Evans III is a leading real estate lawyer serving the Annapolis area. Experienced in Maryland real estate law, Mr. Evans will address the issues of full disclosure and whether the seller of the property was in violation of this when the home was sold to the Brooks’ last year. At issue is the potential complete loss of the value of the home if it is deemed uninhabitable and in need of a complete tear down and rebuild.
The case is currently pending a court date in the State of Maryland.