Agenda Item 9
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney,'t,
Bil131-15, Sale of Real Property
Radon Test Single-family
Bill 31-15, Sale of Real Property Radon Test - Single-family home, sponsored by Lead
Sponsors Councilmembers Rice and Katz, was introduced on June 16,2015. A Transportation,
Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled
for July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Radon is a radioactive gas found in the
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 ofradon exist in the home.
Radon is already listed as one ofthe hazardous materials that a seller must disclose to the buyer of
a single-family home if the seller has actual knowledge of its existence under State law. See, Md.
Code Ann., Real Prop. §§10-702, 10-603, and 10-604. As the County Attorney's Office pointed
out, State law does not create an affirmative duty for the seller to discover if radon exists in the
house. See the County Attorney Bill Review Memorandum at ©4-S.
Bill 31-15 would complement State law by requiring the seller of a single-family home to
test for radon and give the buyer a copy of the radon test results.
would also require the seller
to provide the buyer with an estimate to reduce radon under certain circumstances.
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
County Attorney Bill Review Memorandum