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Md. law protects against moving day scams

Sunday - 7/3/2011, 8:15am  ET

WASHINGTON - A new law in Maryland will protect people in a vulnerable place - moving day.

The new law, which takes effect in October, will require all movers to give a written estimate.

"The estimate has to be broken down into components, so you can see all the individual costs, and the final cost has to be no more than 25 percent over the estimate," says Del. Tom Hucker (D-Montgomery).

Hucker sponsored the bill after getting complaints about movers charging as much as four times the original estimate.

"You don't have much leverage after you hire the company, because they have your stuff and you have to be out of your old house or apartment and in your news house usually that day," says Hucker.

He says that interstate movers already abide by these rules, but that there were no protections for people moving within the state.

WTOP's Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow and WTOP on Twitter.

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