Maryland Modulars Caught in Sprinkler Spat

From Maryland, the Dagger Press reports that Northern Harford County Senator Barry Glassman is attempting to assist the Harford Countians who applied for building permits prior to January 1, 2011 for construction of modular homes to be placed in Harford County. Several Harford County families applied prior to the January effective date, but have since been informed that the State was interpreting the statute to read the date of issuance of the permit, not the application date. This situation has left the families with homes being constructed without the required residential sprinkler systems installed and placed on hold at the factories. These families are now caught with an increased home price and an unexpected new requirement for their modular homes, while stick-built homes have no such requirement. Senator Glassman has made requests to the Maryland Department of Housing to grandfather the Harford County permit applications that were made prior to January 1st.
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