Suit over clubhouse settled in Maryland

Keith Loria Mar. 1, 2011, 2:20am


BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced on Tuesday that his office has reached a settlement with a construction company that allegedly reneged on its promise to build a clubhouse for the Hunters Brooke community.

U.S. Home Corporation, doing business as Lennar, was hired to construct the 319-home community at Indian Head in Charles County, Md.

A lawsuit alleged that instead of building a clubhouse in the common area of the community as promised, the company simply built a changing facility next to the community's pool.

"Builders cannot mislead consumers regarding the amenities that will be built in their communities," Gansler said. "I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that will compensate the Hunters Brook community."

Under terms of the agreement, Lennar will to pay the Hunters Brook Homeowners Association $210,758, which covers what it would have cost to build the clubhouse in the first place. The company also agreed not to advertise or promote amenities in any of its communities in the future unless the amenities will be constructed as promised.

Despite agreeing to the settlement with Gansler's Consumer Protection Division, Lennar admitted no wrongdoing in the matter.

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