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where Abington, PA residents can share ideas and join forces to build a better community

 

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How can we find a good one ?
What legislation exists to protect us ?

This site is a forum for information sharing and idea sharing.  Please feel free to send your post for us to know or others to view . You can choose to publish your email with your posting or publish anonymously 

6-11-09  Ordinance 1981 & 1982 (see below) hearings will be held  July 9th 2009

6-1-09 Code Enforcement Meeting -   HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS now have to register with the State and therefore they no longer have to register separately with the Township ( ie no separate fee to pay ) but ordinance 1981 would require them to fill out a form ( or perhaps a place on the Permit form ) ascertaining that they do have a valid licensce & registration with the State.  New Home Construction and Commercial Construction does not apply -  only Home Improvement work is at issue here.

Ordinance 1982  passed  6-1-09 by Code Enforcement Committee to recommend on the Board of Commissioners that permits applied for after work has commenced are at $150% of the fee that would have been charged

 

6-09

The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act has passed  and is effective July 1, 2009
Written contracts required for improvements over $500 and registration of contractors are some of the features of the new law . see more at http://abingtonpa.gov/info/downloads/Contr%20Home%20Impr%20Regis.pdf

 1-08

Currently there are two bills dealing with the licensing and regulation of Residential Contractors, H.B. 507 and H.B. 1821. 

H.B. 507 is Rep. McCall’s bill that would provide for greater licensing and accountability for home improvement contractors.  It would also create a fund for to help fraud victims recover any real loss of assets resulting from the fraudulent transaction.  H.B. 507 was reported out of the Consumer Affairs Committee and is currently awaiting consideration before the Appropriations Committee.

H.B. 1821 is Rep. Shimkus’s legislation providing for the regulation of new home builders and the establishment of the Home Builder Guaranty Fund.  This bill would require certain home builders to register with the Bureau of Consumer Protection.   H.B. 1821 ids currently in the House Consumer Affairs Committee and is scheduled for Public Hearings in March. 

 

Posted 6-10-07

The Penna Senate just approved legislation to establish a statewide database of contractors who have registered with the attorney general's office so some information would be accessible to consumers with an 800 number .  It also would  require contracts for all work that exceeds $500, and set specific contract rules to ensure that the scope and cost of the work is clear between the customer & contractor & makes a criminal offense of home-improvement fraud, with penalties that are tougher if the victim is 60 or older.   It also addresses components of contracts  and clauses that attempt to release the contractor from building colde requirements  or liability causing a customer to lose rights.

The bill still requires approval from the House of Representatives and the Governor  before it can become law.

Posted: 3-1-06  

We need to build a local network of contractor recommendations so that good ( and bad ) information can be shared and people can know which contractors to avoid & where to find a good one.  Ideas invited.  (lel@abingtoncitizens.com )

3--20-06  Abington Citizens has learned that there are currently 3 bills in the works  - one bill  House Bill 1426 , is being supported by Representative Josh  Shapiro.  We will get back to this issue and  give you some of the highlights - among which is a requirement for Contractors to be registered and to write a contract with some specific terms.  Some definite advances for the homeowner. ........ more to come

3-22 - 06   A site that was sent for our awareness is  http://www.homenetsolutions.com  which is owned by a former area resident and seeks to recommend good contractors to you .  There is also a list called Angie's List that we can not as yet give specifics on,  but if other residents would like to check it out http://www.angieslist.com/AngiesList/Cities.asp?id=Philadelphia we believe that you can report either bad or good  to this site. Their Phone: (610) 491-5478  Toll Free Phone: (877) 775-3557 and their email is  PHILADELPHIA@ANGIESLIST.COM

3-25-06 Some citizens would like to work on getting guidelines together  - and others would like to work on having a list available at the Township of contractors that did not meet code or left homeowners with problems . Residents need one central place for information to be found.  If you would like to join this effort
contact  lel@abingtoncitizens.com


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