Oklahoma 29th State to Enact Opportunity to Repair Law
Oklahoma became the 29th state in the country to adopt notice and opportunity to repair (NOR) legislation when state governor Brad Henry (D) signed Senate Bill 1749 into law on April 27.
The new measure allows a residential construction contract to include NOR provisions that require a home owner to notify a builder of an alleged construction defect before filing a lawsuit. The builder then has 30 days to respond by either offering to repair the defect or provide compensation.
“We worked very hard and overcame many obstacles to enact the NOR bill,” said Rex Alexander, president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association. “We believe this equitable alternative to costly litigation will benefit both home buyers and home builders."
Joining Wisconsin, Oklahoma is the second state that has adopted NOR legislation so far this year. Recent legislation in Virginia strengthens the state’s NOR law by including condominiums in the opportunity to repair process. Other states are still considering legislation this session.
“The trend of states adopting NOR legislation continues as Oklahoma has chosen to enact this reasonable alternative to contentious litigation,” said NAHB President David Pressly. “This legislation, which had bipartisan support, ensures that home buyers can have construction defects remedied without having to incur expensive legal fees and court costs. I applaud the efforts of our builders throughout Oklahoma who worked so diligently to see this legislation enacted. ”
For more information on the Oklahoma legislation, e-mail Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State HBA, or call him at 405-843-5579.
For more information on NOR laws across the country, e-mail Gerry Keegan at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8326.