2018 Maryland Code
Real Property
Title 10 - Sales of Property
Subtitle 8 - Miscellaneous Provisions
§ 10-801. Minimum visitability features

  • (a) Definitions. --

    • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

    • (2) "Home builder" means a person that undertakes to erect or otherwise construct a new home.

    • (3) "Minimum visitability features" means:

      • (i) A ground level entrance:

        • 1. That has a width of 36 or more inches;

        • 2. That is accessible from the outside of the new home or an attached garage; and

        • 3. In which the threshold of the entrance is no more than 1.5 inches higher than the interior floor and the exterior landing; and

      • (ii) A circulation route from the ground level entrance to an unattached garage, parking space, or public right-of-way that is free of any curbs, steps, landings, obstacles, or other vertical changes in level that are more than 1.5 inches.

    • (4)

      • (i) "New home" means a newly constructed single-family dwelling unit.

      • (ii) "New home" does not include:

        • 1. A custom home as defined in § 10-501 of this title; or

        • 2. A mobile home as defined in § 8A-101 of this article.

  • (b) Section not applicable to certain new homes. -- This section does not apply to:

    • (1) A new home that is located above another new home;

    • (2) An attached new home;

    • (3) A new home:

      • (i) That does not have a garage; and

      • (ii) In which the slope between the finished ground level at all unit entrances to the nearest point along a property line that borders a public right-of-way is greater than 10%; or

    • (4) A new home in which compliance with the design flood elevation restrictions will cause:

      • (i) The finished floor to be more than 30 inches above the finished ground level at all unit entrances; or

      • (ii) The slope between the finished floor at all unit entrances to the nearest point along a property line that borders a public right-of-way to be greater than 10%.

  • (c) Section applicable to 11 or more new homes in subdivision. -- This section applies only to a home builder that constructs 11 or more new homes in a subdivision that contains 11 or more new homes.

  • (d) Offer of minimum vistability features. --

    • (1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, at the time of offering new homes in a subdivision for sale, a home builder shall offer minimum visitability features as an option for purchase.

    • (2) The offer of minimum visitability features shall be accompanied by:

      • (i) A point of sale document that describes the minimum visitability features; and

      • (ii) A generic drawing or photograph that shows the minimum visitability features and the lots and new home types that are conducive to the minimum visitability features that could be constructed.

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