Silver Spring, MD asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland

Q: Is a seller required to inform a buyer about mice infestation if they did have an actual knowledge?

The day after settlement I hired a pest exterminator to take care of coach roaches on the property and he found two mice and evidence of foam sealant for mice however the seller never disclosed.

I don't know if there is infestation yet, but I would like to know what Maryland law says about this?

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Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: As you describe the situation, the evidence seems minimal. You don't say where the property is located. For example, in the City, mice will move from neighbor to neighbor, as one exterminates. Also, there are alternate reasons to use foam to fill voids-- energy conservation. It is one of the first things BGE advises for customers seeking to drop their energy bills.

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