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Builders, Lawyers Prepare for SB800 - Claims Six years after the bill was signed into law, questions still arise

California Real Estate Journal - 08/11/08

By KARI HAMANAKA

"You have to remember the provisions on SB800 envision that the homeowner and the contractor are going to be dealing with each other, and it doesn't necessarily dictate involvement of attorneys," said Frank Pagliaro, a partner at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley in Redwood City.

 

For Pagliaro, the issue with the law is how realistic the timelines are leading up to the intended resolution. Under SB800, a general contractor has 14 days to visit a project after a claim is filed and then 30 days to either repair the problem or pay money to the claimant.

Pagliaro said he continues to see condominium claims, but within the last year he has seen more claims for expensive single-family homes in the $12 million to $13 million range.