Two Md. homebuilders have licenses suspended


May 16, 2007|By Allison Connolly | Allison Connolly,Sun reporter

The Maryland attorney general's office suspended the registrations of two homebuilders yesterday and charged them with violating several state laws including those that require the return of a customer's deposit if a house isn't built.

The Consumer Protection Division's Home Builder Registration Unit has suspended the registration of Deise Custom Homes LLC of Forest Hill and filed charges against its principal, Richard E. Deise, Jr.

He's alleged to have accepted deposits and payments from at least four consumers in Harford and Baltimore Counties for homes that were never completed. Other charges allege he failed to pay subcontractors and to refund customer deposits and payments.

Deise Custom Homes also failed to disclose to the state that it faces lawsuits from consumers and subcontractors, the state said.

The office also suspended the registration of Capital Custom Homes Inc. of Savage, and filed charges against its principals, Kenneth S. White and Kirk A.J. Ervin, for accepting deposits and payments from consumers in Prince George's County and then failing to begin or finish construction of the homes or refund the deposits.

In one case, a consumer allegedly paid the company $34,000 for a home that was never started, the state said.

The company also failed to disclose to the state that one of its principals had filed for bankruptcy and that there were outstanding lawsuits and judgments against the contractor and its principals, the state charged.

Efforts to reach the principals of both businesses late yesterday were unsuccessful.

The Home Builder Registration Unit is seeking an injunction against the companies as well as restitution for consumers and civil penalties.

A hearing for Deise is scheduled for July 20 at the office of administrative hearings. A hearing for Capital Custom Homes is slated for Aug. 24.

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