Adopted in 1986 and considered one of the best in the country, Louisiana’s original New Home Warranty Act was designed to encourage the enactment of builder licensing and the availability of general liability insurance. Under the new amendment, the act now provides for a five-year warranty for defective foundations and structural components; two years for plumbing, electrical, and other system defects; and one year for cosmetic items.
The legislation also includes a Notice and Opportunity to Repair provision, which requires home owners to inform builders of alleged defects and give them an opportunity to make any necessary repairs.
The New Home Warranty Act also contains 19 warranty exclusions for builders, including soil movement, normal wear and tear and mold or mold damage.
“I think we have one of the best laws in the country,” said Shirley.
For more information on the Louisiana legislation, e-mail Michelle Shirley at LHBA or call her at 225-387-2714. For answers to general questions on Notice and Opportunity to Repair legislation, e-mail NAHB’s Sam Leyvas, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8326.