Senator Gordner Introduces Legislation to Speed Home Repairs by Avoiding Lengthy Litigation Process

(HARRISBURG) – – Legislation to provide for dispute resolution procedures related to new home construction defects has been introduced by state Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27).

“Currently, relief through the courts is available to homeowners who allege construction defects have not been properly addressed by builders,” said Sen. Gordner.  “However, this can be an expensive and time consuming process for the homeowner and builder.”

Senate Bill 656, the Residential Construction Dispute Resolution Act, also known as “Requirement to Repair,” seeks to reduce the time and expense by providing a process to address claims before filing an action in court.  Senator Gordner said legal action is still available to consumers if claims cannot be settled by the dispute resolution process.

Under the Act, a homeowner may file a claim of the construction defect by the builder, who must respond by offering to make acceptable repairs or a monetary settlement.  The Act also specifies the process to be utilized if a builder disputes the claim.

Senator Gordner, noting that similar legislation has been passed in 25 other states, said Requirement to Repair will save time and costly litigation and further reduce caseloads in the court system.

“The Act seeks to reduce the number of lawsuits related to new construction defects, while at the same time, ensuring homeowners that needed repairs of construction defects are addressed,” said Sen. Gordner.

Senate Bill 656 has been referred to the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.

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