Assisting Homeowners with Failing Foundations

February 1, 2017

I joined fellow representatives and senators across the aisle to discuss the bills aimed at addressing crumbling foundations, specifically House Bill 6478.

If there are a few crumbling foundations in a condominium complex, condo fees become completely unpredictable, reducing the value of structurally sound condominiums in the same complex by two-thirds or more. These homeowners are in need of help and this legislation is a way for the state to lend a helping hand.

The bill will:

  1. prohibit the use of pyrrhotite in concrete aggregate intended for use in foundations
  2. require the installation of curtain drains along concrete foundations in high water table areas
  3. require that concrete removed from failed foundations is properly disposed of
  4. establish a one-hundred-dollar surcharge on residential and commercial insurance policies, assessed annually for a period of not more than seven years, to establish a fund out of which a homeowner may receive up to seventy-five thousand dollars for the remediation of such homeowner's failing concrete foundation
  5. waive the state building fee associated with the remediation of failing concrete foundations.