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Legislature Delays Implementation of New Home Improvement Contract Laws

Contractors State License Board Supports Legislature's Move to Refine Requirements

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) wants the construction industry to know that the State Legislature has officially delayed the implementation of major revisions to laws regulating home improvement contracts. The laws were enacted in 2004 under Senate Bill (SB) 30. The delay in enforcing the new laws is to give the state legislature time to refine the new requirements.

This past week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 1113 into law. The bill, which was supported by the CSLB, seeks to correct drafting errors in SB-30 and delays its implementation until January 1, 2006.

"We're quickly moving ahead to correct the drafting errors in SB 30," said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. "Our goal is to make Home Improvement contracts easier to draft for the contractor and easier for both the contractor and consumer to understand." The new language is part of Assembly Bill (AB) 316, (Nakanishi).

CSLB licensees should note that all contracts written for home improvements during 2005, including those regarding Service and Repair, must comply with the existing Home Improvement contract laws that fall under Article 10 of the Business and Professions Code, beginning with section 7150. "We will give the industry plenty of advance notice before we enforce any new home improvement contract laws," said David Fogt, CSLB's Chief of Enforcement. "Right now we believe everything will be in place to start on January 1, 2006."

Additional Information:

Home Improvement Contracts/B&P Code
Business and Professions Code (BPC) section (§) 7159

Tracking Assembly Bill 316 "AB 316" in the "Search By" box and click "Search."


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