Minnesota winter weather can postpone the effects of certain construction defects or inhibit a contractor’s or inspector’s ability to determine a problem in a timely fashion.
Lawmakers wanted to extend the time a homeowner would have to see the effects of a problem and request remediation from their builder.
However, Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill that would have extended from six months to one year the period in which a warranty claim may be made by a homeowner.
“Not reporting a construction related problem in a timely manner could exasperate the problem and increase costs,” he wrote in this veto message.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bev Scalze (DFL-Little Canada) and Sen. Lisa Fobbe (DFL-Zimmerman), was one of several passed this session that sought to strengthen homeowner warranty rights.
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