As Maryland homeowners may know, buying a new house may be a joyous occasion until the buyer is faced with a major defect in the home that was not disclosed. For instance, an undisclosed leak in the roof may be a costly repair and may damage interior wiring and insulation. However, the new homeowner may have recourse to recover damages for a hidden defect.
When selling a house, the owner is responsible for disclosing known major home defects in the property. Disclosure requirements vary from state to state, and some states may include an inspection to assure the new owner that termites are not present. Federal law requires that home sellers disclose the presence of lead-based paint in homes that might be costly and time-consuming to remove as well as a potential health hazard for the new buyers.