Maryland Couple Sues over “Snake Infested” House
Family says home they purchased was infested with 13-15 snakes.
A Maryland couple is suing the former owner and the real estate agent of a home they bought for failing to disclose that there were snakes living in the home. According to ABC News, Jeff and Jody Brooks purchased a house for $410,000 in Annapolis, Maryland last December and have since found more than 12 black rat snakes (Elaphe obsoleta) living in the house.
The first snake was found by the couple’s 4-year-old son a few months after they moved in and have since found between 13-15 snakes ranging from hatchlings to 7 feet in length. The couple claims that they have spent $60,000 in extermination costs in an effort to rid the house of the reptiles, with one pest control company saying that the only way to get rid of the snakes was to burn the house down and let it sit for 15 years.
The family has hired an attorney who told ABC News that the $2 million lawsuit covers the price of the house, pest control, and other expenses and $1 million in punitive damages. The lawsuit says that the seller didn’t provide certain pest inspection documentation to the buyers and also didn’t inform the buyers of the issue with the snakes in the home.