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Entries Tagged as 'Construction Law – Remodels, Cost overruns'

Homeowner’s Contract with General Contractor Must Be in Writing—But Not Always

November 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Construction Defect, Construction Law - Remodels, Cost overruns, General Contractors & Mechanics' Liens

There are some laws that seem to be well defined, or “black letter” law. For example, California Business and Professions Code Section 7159 requires that residential home improvement contracts must be in writing. This applies to any proposed repair or remodel contract where the work will exceed $500. However, in some cases, the California courts […]

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Realtors(R), Homebuyers & Homeowners & Investors – new EPA rules on lead paint may affect your sale.

June 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Co-Ownership of Real Property, Construction Law - Remodels, Cost overruns, General Contractors & Mechanics' Liens, Real Estate Brokers

Effect April 22, 2010, the EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and […]

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The Residential Remodel – Working with general contractors who are unlicensed

June 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Construction Defect, Construction Law - Remodels, Cost overruns, Construction Loans

There has a been a recent flurry of cases in California courts awarding homeowners disgorgement of all fees paid to general contractors (under B&P Section 7031).  In cases like White v. Cridlebaugh, 175 Cal. App. 4th 1535 – 2009 and Oceguera v. Cohen, there were technical defects with the general contractor's license–ie, the general contractor had been licensed at […]

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