LEGISLATION - In a bi-partisan effort, Pennsylvania congressional representatives recently introduced two pieces of legislation that, if passed, will greatly strengthen your claims and protect homeowners in Pennsylvania.
The first bill (HR 1831) seeks to extend the time frame for the statute of repose from 12 to 15 years. Under the new bill, if injury occurs between years 13 and 15, the timeframe would be extended to 17 years. This bill essentially gives everyone (including specifically, subsequent purchasers) an additional 3 years from the current state of the law.
The second bill (HR 1833) requires homebuilders to notify homeowners of known defects within 30 days of the builder’s discovery of the defect. The builder must describe the defect and explain how it became aware of the defect. The bill is aimed at preventing builders from concealing known defects and intends to better inform homebuyers of construction defects.
We have attached two recent articles on the bills as well as the text of each.
We encourage you to call your representatives and urge them to pass this legislation. While this legislation, if passed, may not guarantee a legal victory, it will strengthen your claims and take some defenses away from the builders.
You can find your representative and contact information by using the following link: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/
This is an excellent development and shows that the legislative trend is arcing towards protecting consumers and holding the builders responsible.
United we stand against what we believe to be incorrect and substandard workmanship performed by Toll Brothers and its subcontractors. The end result is a misrepresented product known as a Toll Brothers' "luxury" home. A product that was to be a dream for many has instead morphed into a nightmare. A product that was supposed to last a lifetime is instead being torn apart and exteriors being completely redone after only 10 -12 years for those fortunate enough to take action within the warranty period of 12 years. It is what lurks underneath the exterior façade of stone, brick, and stucco that you must know about and be concerned about. You will probably not hear this from Toll Brothers as they have elected not to disclose this information as the laws in most states (and possibly all states) do not require them to reveal defects when discovered. Instead we have elected to share with you this otherwise undisclosed information in an effort to allow you take any required actions to help save you potentially $100,000 or more.
The type of material doesn't matter!
The Action News Troubleshooters have warned their viewers about the issue as it related to stucco houses, but now they have learned other homes are impacted including those built with vinyl, brick, cultured stone, and fiber cement siding.
Don't be left on the outside looking in as so many Toll homebuyers have found themselves. Let us help educate you and guide you to take action against Toll Brothers in an effort to protect what is likely the biggest investment of your life.