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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 25, 2013 11:19 AM
From: Senator Edwin B. Erickson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amend Home Improvement Contractor Law
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation intended to strengthen Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) law by further providing for contractual protections for both consumers and contractors.

In many cases, Pennsylvania’s home improvement contractors cannot identify a specific cost of the job they are hired to do. Because each home and each job is different, the cost for the same activity can vary from home to home. For this reason, contractors often enter into “time & materials” agreements with consumers, which provide an agreed-to procedure that covers an unspecified cost for labor and materials to complete a job. Under the current HIC provisions, these agreements are not enforceable contracts and as such, not subject to the protections and penalties of the HIC law.

This legislation would further define contracts subject to HIC protections and penalties as either the current standard of the total sales price or a mutually agreed upon time and materials provision for the completion of specified improvements.

This legislation will allow Pennsylvania’s home improvement contractors more flexibility in their contracts while providing more security and protection for consumers.

Introduced as SB686