A couple from Annapolis, Maryland thought they had bought the home of their dreams. The $410,000.00 home turned out to be a house of horrors. When Jody and Jeff Brooks discovered there were nests of hundreds of snakes, they sued their realtor.
According to The Daily Mail:
A Maryland couple is suing their Realtor for $2 million for allegedly failing to tell them their new home was infested with snakes – including one that measured seven feet long.
Jody and Jeff Brooks and their two children moved into their $410,000 Annapolis home in December but when the weather began warming up earlier this year, they learned they were not there alone.
They found eight black rat snakes, numerous snake skins and trails of snake feces – and despite spending $50,000 to try to get rid of them, they were forced to move in with family in April.
Speaking to WUSA9, Mrs Brooks said they had been petrified that the snakes might mistake their seven-month-old daughter, Lilly, for vermin and slither into her crib at night.
Black rat snakes can live for up to 25 years and grow to seven feet long. The non-poisonous snakes can enter homes through dryer vents, water pipes or cable wires, experts told the Capital Gazette.
Mr Brooks started carrying a machete around the home to kill any snakes that he came across in order to keep them away from his daughter and son, four-year-old Thomas.
‘I couldn’t come back here,’ he said.
Once they began airing their grievances, they were contacted by other families who had previously lived at the home and suffered the same nightmare, the channel reported.
They are now hoping to get out of their bank loan and hope to sue their realtor and former homeowner, whom they claim knew about the issue but never mentioned it.
‘I think in the sale of a home, a professional, you should let somebody know of every possible issue when you buy the house,’ Jeff Brooks said.
A local pest company, Home Paramount, said the infestation was unlike anything they had seen.
When they advised the couple to tear down walls in the home to look for problem areas, they found tracks the snakes used to move around the home, as well as feces and skins, the lawsuit said.
Even if they did clean out the home of snakes, there is no guarantee they would not return, the couple’s attorney said.
The lawsuit, which was filed on May 19, names Barbara Van Horn – their realtor and neighbor – and the company she works for, Champion Realty, Inc. They are also suing the home’s former owner, Joan Broseker and the Joan Broseker Revocable Trust.
‘Van Horn refused to keep a lockbox on the premises while acting as the listing agent and would personally unlock the home and turn on the lights and, upon information and belief, check for snake activity before anyone entered,’ according to the lawsuit.
The couple also said that Van Horn never gave them certain pest inspection documents.
‘She said she had the world come out and look at it and there was no problem,’ Jody Brooks said.
Attorneys for Champion Realty declined comment in the case, citing ongoing litigation. They defendants have a month to submit a response to the lawsuit.
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