by Ryan C. McKeen
I’ve had two contractors at my home that have fully complied with the existing Connecticut Home Improvement Act. That’s two out of many.
The truth is that the Connecticut Home Improvement Act requires full compliance by contractors with its many provisions.
This past session, the legislature passed and Governor Rell has signed a law that requires contractors to provide homeowners with a written disclosure of any corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity, which is or has been a new home construction contractor under the provisions of this chapter or a home improvement contractor under the provisions of chapter 400, in which the owner or owners of the new home construction contractor providing the written notice required by this section are or have been a shareholder, member, partner or owner during the previous five years….Link.
Contractors can no longer go from Ryan’s Painting to Ryan’s Painting & Gutters, LLC, to Ryan’s AAA Painting, Inc. to Ryan’s Paint, LLC in a span of a few years without informing consumers.
Of course contractors who engage in this practice probably don’t comply with other provisions of the home improvement act in the first place. In essence, this is just one more provision that contractors who didn’t comply won’t comply with.