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Florida – HB 357/ SB 420 (Licensing)

Issue: Consumer and Contractor Protection

Affects:  Those who build pools/spas

Bill Summary: This bill updates the definition of ‘contractor’ to include any person who performs, contracts to perform, or promises to perform services described in that subsection, or who provides or performs, contracts to provide or perform, or promises to provide or perform goods or services, respectively, related to a residential home and the extended parcel of land on which the home is located, including, but not limited to, driveways, lawns, trees, gardens, landscaping areas, walls, and other vegetation or fixtures located thereon, without regard to the licensure of the person. 

A contractor who receives, as initial payment, money totaling more than 10 percent of the contract price for the repair, restoration, improvement, or construction of or addition to residential real property must now start the work within 30 days unless the person who made the payment agreed to a longer period of time. 

In addition to this, a contractor who receives money for the repair, restoration, addition, improvement, or construction of or addition to residential real property in excess of the value of the work performed may not, with intent to defraud the owner, fail or refuse to perform any substantial work for any 30-day period after the date all necessary permits for  work, if any, are issued.

Status: Both bills died May 3, 2019.

HB 357:  http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/357/BillText/Filed/PDF

SB 420: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/420/BillText/Filed/PDF