Fleming Island senator wants home sellers to disclose flooding

Published on February 2, 2023 at 4:32 pm

A Jacksonville-area legislator doesn’t think homebuyers should get stuck with flood-damaged homes.

Sen. Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed a bill (SB 484) on Thursday that would set a series of disclosure requirements for home sales. Rep. Susan Valdes, D-Tampa, filed a similar measure (HB 325) last month.

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Under Bradley’s bill, sellers would be required to disclose information such as whether the property has sustained flood damage; whether the property is located in a designated flood-hazard zone; whether sellers have received federal assistance for flood damage; and whether flood-damage insurance claims have been filed.

The bills, filed for the legislative session that will start March 7, come after Hurricane Ian caused widespread flood damage after hitting the state in September.

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