FL - Florida Is the 'Most Flood-Prone' State With No Flood Disclosure Laws, Experts Say
Though prone to flooding, Florida does not require a flood disclosure law in the process of selling a home.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla — A group says that Florida is one of many states that does not require a flood disclosure law in the process of selling a home.
A booming real estate market is being driven in part by population growth and out-of-towners discovering how good life can be here. As we all know, having some local knowledge about where you’re more likely to see flooding can be helpful when buying a new house.
But disclosing whether a home has suffered flood damage is not required. There is an effort in Florida to change that.
Three years ago, Hurricane Irma covered the streets and homes in San Marco with five feet of water. One man says he’s seen homes sell since the flood. The fact they did flood, however, is not a required disclosure.
Don Pepe bought his San Marco home in the 1980s. When he bought it, neighbors told him about some street flooding during Hurricane Dora. He didn’t expect an event like Hurricane Irma to bring two feet of water into his home.
“I pretty much had a wipeout and learned my lesson," Pepe said.
He says nearby homes went on the market after the flood.
Amanda Bryant, director of operations for the group My Flood Risk wants to increase consumer awareness about the risks some properties face.