Agenda Item 4B
June 16,2015
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
June 12,2015
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County Council
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Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Atrorney
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Introduction:
Bill 31-15, Sale ofReal Property Radon Test- Single-family home
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Bill 31-15, Sale of Real Property - Radon Test - Single-family home, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Councilmember Rice is scheduled to be introduced on June 16,2015. A public hearing
is tentatively scheduled for July 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Radon is a radioactive gas found in the air that comes from the natural breakdown of
uranium in soil, rock, and water. High levels of radon can cause serious illnesses and often occur
in single family homes in the County. Although radon remediation from a single family home is
possible, many people purchase a home without knowing ifhigh levels of radon exist in the home.
Bill 31-15 would require the seller of a single-family home to test for radon and give the buyer a
copy ofthe radon test results. It would also require the seller to provide the buyer with an estimate
to reduce radon under certain circumstances.
This packet contains:
Bill 31-15
Legislative Request Report
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Bill No.
31-15
Conceming: Sale of Real Property ­
Radon Test- Single-familv home
Revised: February
12, 2015
Draft No.
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Introduced:
June
16.2015
Expires:
December
16. 2016
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: _--'-_ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Rice
AN
ACT to:
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require the seller ofa single-family home to test for radon and give the buyer a copy
of the radon test results;
require the seller to provide the buyer with an estimate to reduce radon under certain
circumstances; and
generally amend the law governing the sale ofa single-family home in the County.
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 40, Real Property
Section 40-13C
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves thefollowing Act.'
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BILL
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Sec.
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Section 40-13C
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added as follows:
40-13C. Radon test single-family home.
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Definitions.
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this Section, the following words have the meanings
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Department
means the Department of Environmental Protection.
Director
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
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Single-family home
means a single-family detached or attached
residential building.
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Radon
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radioactive gas found
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the air that comes from the
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natural breakdown of uranium
in
soil, rock, and water.
Radon test
means measuring the amount ofradon
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kit
made for this purpose and approved for use
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the Director.
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Before signing
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contract for the sale of
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single-family home located in
the County, the seller must provide the buyer with:
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radon test performed on the living quarters
ofthe home less than one year before the date ofthe contract; and
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licensed contractor to reduce any radon level of
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picocuries
per liter or more to less than
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picocuries per liter.
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Approved:
George Leventhal, President, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 31-15
Sale ofReal Property
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Radon Test
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Single-family home
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 31-15 would require the seller of a single-family horne to test for
radon and give the buyer a copy ofthe radon test results.
It
would also
require the seller to provide the buyer with an estimate
to
reduce radon
under certain circumstances.
Radon is a radioactive gas found in the air that comes from the natural
breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. High levels of radon
can cause serious illnesses and often occurs in single family homes in
the County. Although radon remediation from a single family home
is possible, many people purchase
a
home without knowing if high
levels of radon exist in the horne.
Ensure that a buyer of a single family home in the County learns if the
house contains high levels of radon before purchasing it.
Department of Environmental Protection
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert
H. Drummer,
Senior Legislative Attorney
To be researched.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Not applicable.
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