In a scene that sounds like something from a Samuel L. Jackson movie, a Maryland real estate agent has been accused of selling an infested snake house to an unsuspecting family in Annapolis.
Homeowners Jeff and Jody Brooks purchased a home in the Washington DC area in December, and had an unexpected surprise when they found evidence that snakes were living in the home.
An exterminator was called and found black rat snakes along with snake skins, dens, tunnels, and feeces. While the species is not poisonous or considered dangerous to adults, the exterminator warned that the snake house was unsafe for children.
It is hard to believe that the previous owner was not aware of such a big snake problem, and the new owner has sued the selling agent and previous owner. Real estate agents have an ethical obligation to disclose dangerous conditions, and the new owners had no idea of the problem until they started seeing evidence of snakes in the home.
The Brooks family has filed a $2 million suit, four times the value of the home, seeking additional compensatory damages for the inconvenience and risk of harm to their family from the undisclosed problem.
Read the entire story at the Statesville Record & Landmark.