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Amendment CaShTmL-101240.HTM
                                                  SENATE AMENDMENT
    Bill No. CS for SB 3046
    Amendment No. ___   Barcode 101240
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11  Senator Bennett moved the following amendment:
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13         Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 
14         On page 5, line 4, through page 16, line 3, delete
15  those lines
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17  and insert:  
18         Section 4.  Section 558.004, Florida Statutes, is
19  amended to read:
20         558.004  Notice and opportunity to repair.--
21         (1)  In actions brought alleging a against a
22  contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional
23  related to an alleged construction defect, the claimant shall,
24  at least no later than 60 days before filing an action
25  involving a single-family home, an association representing 20
26  or fewer residential parcels, a manufactured or modular home,
27  duplex, triplex, or quadruplex, or at least 120 days before
28  filing an action involving an association representing more
29  than 20 residential parcels, serve written notice of claim on
30  the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design
31  professional, as applicable, which notice shall refer to this
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SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 chapter. If the construction defect claim arises from work 2 performed under a contract, the written notice of claim must 3 be served on the person with whom the claimant contracted. The 4 notice of claim must describe the claim in reasonable detail 5 sufficient to determine the general nature of each alleged 6 construction defect and a description of the damage or loss 7 resulting from the defect, if known. The claimant shall 8 endeavor to serve the notice of claim within 15 days after 9 discovery of an alleged defect, but the failure to serve 10 notice of claim within 15 days does not bar the filing of an 11 action, subject to s. 558.003. This subsection does not 12 preclude a claimant from filing an action sooner than 60 days, 13 or 120 days as applicable, after service of written notice as 14 expressly provided in subsection (6), subsection (7), or 15 subsection (8). 16 (2) Within 30 5 business days after receipt service of 17 the notice of claim, the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, 18 or design professional may inspect involving a single-family 19 home, an association representing 20 or fewer residential 20 parcels, a manufactured or modular home, duplex, triplex, or 21 quadruplex, or within 50 days after receipt of the notice of 22 claim involving an association representing more than 20 23 residential parcels, the person receiving the notice of claim 24 under subsection (1) is entitled to perform a reasonable 25 inspection of the dwelling or of each unit subject to the 26 claim to assess each alleged construction defect. An 27 association's right to access property for either maintenance 28 or repair includes the authority to grant access for the 29 inspection. The claimant shall provide the person receiving 30 the notice under subsection (1) and such person's contractor, 31 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional and its 2 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 contractors or agents reasonable access to the dwelling during 2 normal working hours to inspect the dwelling to determine the 3 nature and cause of each alleged construction defect and the 4 nature and extent of any repairs or replacements necessary to 5 remedy each defect. The person receiving notice under 6 subsection (1) shall reasonably coordinate the timing and 7 manner of any and all inspections with the claimant to 8 minimize the number of inspections. The inspection may include 9 destructive testing by mutual agreement under the following 10 reasonable terms and conditions: 11 (a) If the person receiving notice under subsection 12 (1) determines that destructive testing is necessary to 13 determine the nature and cause of the alleged defects, the 14 person shall notify the claimant in writing. 15 (b) The notice shall describe the destructive testing 16 to be performed, the person selected to do the testing, the 17 estimated anticipated damage and repairs to the dwelling 18 resulting from the testing, the estimated amount of time 19 necessary for the testing and to complete the repairs, and the 20 financial responsibility offered for covering the costs of 21 repairs. 22 (c) If the claimant promptly objects to the person 23 selected to perform the destructive testing, the person 24 receiving notice under subsection (1) shall provide the 25 claimant with a list of three qualified persons from which the 26 claimant may select one person to perform the testing. The 27 person selected to perform the testing shall operate as an 28 agent or subcontractor of the person receiving notice under 29 subsection (1) and shall communicate with, submit any reports 30 to, and be solely responsible to the person receiving notice. 31 (d) The testing shall be done at a mutually agreeable 3 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 time. 2 (e) The claimant or a representative of the claimant 3 may be present to observe the destructive testing. 4 (f) The destructive testing shall not render the 5 dwelling uninhabitable. 6 7 In the event the claimant fails or refuses to agree to 8 destructive testing, the claimant has no claim for damages 9 which could have been avoided or mitigated had destructive 10 testing been allowed when requested and had a feasible remedy 11 been promptly implemented. 12 Prior to performing any destructive testing, the person 13 who desires to perform the testing shall notify the claimant 14 in writing of the type of testing to be performed, the 15 anticipated damage to the dwelling which will be caused by the 16 testing, and the anticipated repairs that will be necessary to 17 repair any damage caused by the testing. The person performing 18 the testing is responsible for repairing any damage to the 19 dwelling caused by the testing. 20 (3) Within 10 days after receipt service of the notice 21 of claim involving a single-family home, an association 22 representing 20 or fewer residential parcels, manufactured or 23 modular home, duplex, triplex, or quadruplex, or within 30 24 days after receipt of the notice of claim involving an 25 association representing more than 20 residential parcels, the 26 person receiving the notice under subsection (1) may 27 contractor, subcontractor, supplier, and design professional 28 must forward a copy of the notice of claim to each contractor, 29 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional whom it 30 reasonably believes is responsible for each defect specified 31 in the notice of claim and shall note the specific defect for 4 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 which it believes the particular contractor, subcontractor, 2 supplier, or design professional is responsible. Each such 3 contractor, subcontractor, supplier, and design professional 4 may inspect the dwelling as provided in subsection (2) within 5 5 business days after receiving a copy of the notice. 6 (4) Within 15 5 business days after receiving a copy 7 of the notice of claim pursuant to subsection (3) involving a 8 single-family home, an association representing 20 or fewer 9 residential parcels, manufactured or modular home, duplex, 10 triplex, or quadruplex, or within 30 days after receipt of the 11 copy of the notice of claim involving an association 12 representing more than 20 residential parcels, the contractor, 13 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional must serve a 14 written response to the person contractor, subcontractor, 15 supplier, or design professional who forwarded served a copy 16 of the notice of claim. The written response shall include a 17 report, if any, of the scope of any inspection of the 18 dwelling, the findings and results of the inspection, a 19 statement of whether the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, 20 or design professional is willing to make repairs to the 21 dwelling or whether such he or she disputes the claim is 22 disputed, a description of any repairs they are he or she is 23 willing to make to remedy the alleged construction defect, and 24 a timetable for the completion of such repairs. 25 (5) Within 45 25 days after receiving the notice of 26 claim involving a single-family home, an association 27 representing less than 20 residential parcels, manufactured or 28 modular home, duplex, triplex, or quadruplex, or within 75 29 days after receipt of a copy of the notice of claim involving 30 an association representing more than 20 residential parcels, 31 the person who received notice under subsection (1) each 5 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional 2 must serve a written response to the claimant. The response 3 shall be served to the attention of the person who signed the 4 notice of claim, unless otherwise designated in the notice of 5 claim. The written response must provide: 6 (a) A written offer to remedy the alleged construction 7 defect at no cost to the claimant, including a report of the 8 scope of the inspection, the findings and results of the 9 inspection, a detailed description of the proposed repairs 10 necessary to remedy the defect, and a timetable for the 11 completion of such repairs; 12 (b) A written offer to compromise and settle the claim 13 by monetary payment that will not obligate the person's 14 insurer and a timetable for making payment to be paid within 15 30 days after the claimant's acceptance of the offer; or 16 (c) A written offer to compromise and settle the claim 17 by a combination of repairs and monetary payment, that will 18 not obligate a person's insurer, that includes a detailed 19 description of the proposed repairs and a timetable for the 20 completion of such repairs and making payment; or 21 (d)(c) A written statement that the person contractor, 22 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional disputes the 23 claim and will not remedy the defect or compromise and settle 24 the claim; or. 25 (e) A written statement that a monetary payment, 26 including insurance proceeds, if any, will be determined by 27 the person's insurer within 30 days after notification to the 28 insurer by means of forwarding the claim, which notification 29 shall occur at the same time the claimant is notified of this 30 settlement option, which the claimant can accept or reject. A 31 written statement under this paragraph may also include an 6 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 offer under paragraph (c), but the offer shall be contingent 2 upon the claimant also accepting the determination of the 3 insurer whether to make any monetary payment, in addition 4 thereto. If the insurer for the person receiving the claim 5 makes no response within the 30 days following notification, 6 then the claimant shall be deemed to have met all conditions 7 precedent to commencing an action. 8 (6) If the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or 9 design professional offers to remedy the alleged construction 10 defect or compromise and settle the claim by monetary payment, 11 the written response must contain a statement that the 12 claimant shall be deemed to have accepted the offer if, within 13 15 days, or 45 days for an association, after service to the 14 written response, the claimant does not serve a written 15 rejection of the offer on the contractor, subcontractor, 16 supplier, or design professional. 17 (6)(7) If the person receiving a notice of claim 18 pursuant to subsection (1) contractor, subcontractor, 19 supplier, or design professional disputes the claim and will 20 neither remedy the defect nor compromise and settle the claim, 21 or does not respond to the claimant's notice of claim within 22 the time provided in subsection (5), the claimant may, without 23 further notice, proceed with an action against that person the 24 contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional 25 for the claim described in the notice of claim. Nothing in 26 this chapter shall be construed to preclude a partial 27 settlement or compromise of the claim as agreed to by the 28 parties and, in that event, the claimant may, without further 29 notice, proceed with an action on the unresolved portions of 30 the claim. 31 (7)(8) A claimant who receives rejects a timely 7 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 settlement offer must accept or reject the offer made by 2 serving the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design 3 professional must serve written notice of such acceptance or 4 rejection on the person making the offer contractor, 5 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional within 15 6 days, or 45 days for an association, after receiving service 7 of the settlement offer. If a claimant initiates an action 8 without first accepting or rejecting the offer, the court 9 shall abate the action upon timely motion until the claimant 10 complies with this subsection. The claimant's rejection must 11 contain the settlement offer with the word "rejected" printed 12 on it. After service of the rejection, the claimant may 13 proceed with an action against the contractor, subcontractor, 14 supplier, or design professional for the claims in the notice 15 of claim without further notice. 16 (8)(9) If the claimant timely and properly accepts the 17 offer to repair an alleged construction defect, the claimant 18 shall provide the offeror and the offeror's agents reasonable 19 access to the claimant's dwelling during normal working hours 20 to perform the repair by the agreed-upon timetable as stated 21 in the offer. If the offeror of a contractor, subcontractor, 22 supplier, or design professional and the contractor, 23 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional does not make 24 the payment or repair the defect within the agreed time and in 25 the agreed manner, except for reasonable delays beyond the 26 control of the offeror, including, but not limited to, weather 27 conditions, delivery of materials, claimant's actions, or 28 issuance of any required permits, the claimant may, without 29 further notice, proceed with an action against the offeror 30 based upon contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design 31 professional for the claim in the notice of claim. If the 8 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 offeror a claimant accepts a contractor's, subcontractor's, 2 supplier's, or design professional's offer and the contractor, 3 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional makes payment 4 or repairs the defect within the agreed time and in the agreed 5 manner, the claimant is barred from proceeding with an action 6 against the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design 7 professional for the claim described in the notice of claim or 8 as otherwise provided in the accepted settlement offer. 9 (10) If the claimant accepts the offer of a 10 contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional to 11 repair an alleged construction defect, the claimant shall 12 provide the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design 13 professional and its contractors or other agents reasonable 14 access to the claimant's dwelling during normal working hours 15 to perform the repair by the agreed-upon timetable as stated 16 in the offer. 17 (9)(11) The failure of a claimant or a contractor, 18 subcontractor, supplier, or design professional to follow the 19 procedures in this section is admissible in an action. 20 However, This section does not prohibit or limit the claimant 21 from making any necessary emergency repairs to the dwelling as 22 are required to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the 23 claimant. In addition, any the offer or failure to offer under 24 subsection (5) of a contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or 25 design professional to remedy an alleged construction defect 26 or to compromise and settle the claim by monetary payment does 27 not constitute an admission of liability with respect to the 28 defect, and shall not be admissible in an action brought under 29 this chapter. 30 (10)(12) A claimant's mailing of the written notice of 31 claim under subsection (1) tolls the applicable statute of 9 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 limitations relating to any person covered by this chapter and 2 any bond surety until the later of: 3 (a) Ninety Sixty days, or 120 days, as applicable, 4 after receipt of the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or 5 design professional receives the notice of claim pursuant to 6 subsection (1); or 7 (b) Thirty days after the end of the repair period or 8 payment period stated in the offer, if the claimant has 9 accepted the offer. By stipulation of the parties, the period 10 may be extended and the statute of limitations is tolled 11 during the extension. 12 (11)(13) The procedures in this chapter section apply 13 to each alleged construction defect. However, a claimant may 14 include multiple defects in one notice of claim. The initial 15 list of construction defects may be amended by the claimant to 16 identify additional or new construction defects as they become 17 known to the claimant. The court shall allow the action to 18 proceed to trial only as to alleged construction defects that 19 were noticed and for which the claimant has complied with this 20 chapter and as to construction defects reasonably related to, 21 or caused by, the construction defects previously noticed. 22 Nothing in this subsection shall preclude subsequent or 23 further actions. 24 (12)(14) This chapter does Sections 558.001-558.003 of 25 this act do not: 26 (a) Bar or limit any rights, including the right of 27 specific performance to the extent such right would be 28 available in the absence of this act, any causes of action, or 29 any theories on which liability may be based, except as 30 specifically provided in this chapter act; 31 (b) Bar or limit any defense, or create any new 10 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 defense, except as specifically provided in this chapter act; 2 or 3 (c) Create any new rights, causes of action, or 4 theories on which liability may be based. 5 (13) This section does not relieve the person 6 receiving notice of claim under subsection (1) from complying 7 with all contractual provisions of any liability insurance 8 policy as a condition precedent to coverage for any claim 9 under this section. However, notwithstanding the foregoing or 10 any contractual provision, the providing of a copy of the 11 notice to the person's insurer, if applicable, does not 12 constitute a claim for insurance purposes. This section does 13 not impair technical notice provisions or requirements of the 14 liability policy or alter, amend, or change existing Florida 15 law relating to rights between insureds and insurers except as 16 otherwise specifically provided herein. 17 (14)(15) To the extent that an arbitration clause in a 18 contract for the sale, design, construction, or remodeling of 19 a dwelling conflicts with this section, this section shall 20 control. 21 (15) Upon request, the claimant and the person 22 receiving notice pursuant to subsection (1) shall have a 23 mutual duty to exchange all available discoverable evidence 24 relating to the construction defects, including, but not 25 limited to, expert reports, photographs, information received 26 under subsection (4), and videotapes, if any. In the event of 27 subsequent litigation, any party who failed to provide such 28 evidence shall be subject to such sanctions as the court may 29 impose for a discovery violation. Expert reports exchanged 30 between the parties may not be used in any subsequent 31 litigation for any purpose, unless the expert, or a person 11 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 affiliated with the expert, testifies as a witness or the 2 report is used or relied upon by an expert who testifies on 3 behalf of the party for whom the report was prepared. 4 Section 5. Section 558.005, Florida Statutes, is 5 amended to read: 6 558.005 Contract of sale; provisions; application.-- 7 (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (3) 8 and (4), the provisions of this chapter shall control every 9 contract for the design, construction, or remodeling of a 10 dwelling entered into on or after July 1, 2004, which contains 11 the notice as set forth in subsection (2) and is conspicuously 12 set forth in capitalized letters Upon entering into a contract 13 for the sale, design, construction, or remodeling of a 14 dwelling, the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design 15 professional shall provide notice to the owner of the dwelling 16 of the contractor's, subcontractor's, supplier's, or design 17 professional's right to offer to cure construction defects or 18 pay to settle alleged construction defects before a claimant 19 may commence an action against the contractor, subcontractor, 20 supplier, or design professional. Such notice must be 21 conspicuous and may be included as part of the contract. 22 (2) The notice required by subsection (1) must be in 23 substantially the following form: 24 25 CHAPTER 558 NOTICE OF CLAIM 26 CHAPTER 558, FLORIDA STATUTES LAW CONTAINS IMPORTANT 27 REQUIREMENTS YOU MUST FOLLOW BEFORE YOU MAY BRING ANY LEGAL 28 ACTION FILE A LAWSUIT FOR DEFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION AGAINST A 29 CONTRACTOR, SUBCONTRACTOR, SUPPLIER, OR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL 30 FOR AN ALLEGED CONSTRUCTION DEFECT IN YOUR HOME. SIXTY DAYS 31 BEFORE YOU BRING ANY LEGAL ACTION FILE YOUR LAWSUIT, YOU MUST 12 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 DELIVER TO THE OTHER PARTY TO THIS CONTRACT CONTRACTOR, 2 SUBCONTRACTOR, SUPPLIER, OR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL A WRITTEN 3 NOTICE REFERRING TO CHAPTER 558 OF ANY CONSTRUCTION CONDITIONS 4 YOU ALLEGE ARE DEFECTIVE AND PROVIDE SUCH PERSON YOUR 5 CONTRACTOR AND ANY SUBCONTRACTORS, SUPPLIERS, OR DESIGN 6 PROFESSIONALS THE OPPORTUNITY TO INSPECT THE ALLEGED 7 CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS AND TO CONSIDER MAKING MAKE AN OFFER TO 8 REPAIR OR PAY FOR THE ALLEGED CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS. YOU ARE 9 NOT OBLIGATED TO ACCEPT ANY OFFER WHICH MAY BE MADE BY THE 10 CONTRACTOR OR ANY SUBCONTRACTORS, SUPPLIERS, OR DESIGN 11 PROFESSIONALS. THERE ARE STRICT DEADLINES AND PROCEDURES UNDER 12 THIS FLORIDA LAW WHICH MUST BE MET AND FOLLOWED TO PROTECT 13 YOUR INTERESTS. 14 (3) After receipt of the initial notice of claim, a 15 claimant and the person receiving notice under s. 558.004(1) 16 may, by written mutual agreement, alter the procedure for the 17 notice of claim process described in this chapter. 18 (4) This chapter applies to all actions accruing on or 19 after July 1, 2004, and all actions commenced on or after such 20 date, regardless of the date of sale, issuance of a 21 certificate of occupancy or its equivalent, or substantial 22 completion of the dwelling. Notwithstanding the notice 23 requirements of this section for contracts entered into on or 24 after July 1, 2004, this chapter applies to all actions 25 accruing before July 1, 2004, but not yet commenced as of July 26 1, 2004, and failure to include the notice requirements of 27 this section in a contract entered into prior to July 1, 2004, 28 does not operate to bar the procedures of this chapter from 29 applying to all such actions. 30 Section 6. If any provision of this act or the 31 application thereof to any person or circumstance is held 13 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
SENATE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 3046 Amendment No. ___ Barcode 101240 1 invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or 2 applications of this act which can be given effect without the 3 invalid provision or application, and to this end the 4 provisions of this act are declared severable. 5 Section 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2004. 6 7 8 ================ T I T L E A M E N D M E N T =============== 9 And the title is amended as follows: 10 On page 1, lines 10 through 27, delete those lines 11 12 and insert: 13 amending s. 558.004, F.S.; revising 14 requirements, procedures, criteria, and 15 limitations in provisions relating to notice 16 and opportunity to repair construction defects 17 in certain structures; providing requirements 18 and procedures for making, accepting, or 19 rejecting settlement offers; providing for 20 consequences of certain actions relating to 21 settlement offers; specifying legal obligation 22 to make certain repairs or monetary payments 23 under certain circumstances; providing a mutual 24 duty to exchange certain discoverable evidence; 25 providing requirements and limitations; 26 amending s. 558.005, F.S.; revising certain 27 contract content provisions; providing a notice 28 form; providing application; providing 29 severability; providing an effective date. 30 31 14 7:30 AM 04/24/04 s3046c1c-21t1j
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