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Saud Anwar

Representing East Hartford, Ellington, East Windsor and South Windsor

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State Senate Passes Anwar-Supported Crumbling Foundations Legislation

HARTFORD, CT – Today, the state Senate approved legislation to protect home buyers from unknowingly purchasing a home with a crumbling concrete foundation by a 35-1 vote. State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor), a member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, said this legislation will provide consumers with peace of mind when purchasing a home.

“Crumbling foundations have already harmed so many, and we need to make sure no one else is exposed to this problem,” said Sen. Anwar. “For this legislation to pass the Senate means we are making sure we protect homebuyers and limit any further harm.”

Senate Bill 907 expands the scope of the “Residential Condition Report,” which an owner must disclose to a prospective buyer with any facts about the property, to the seller’s knowledge, about the presence of the harmful iron sulfide pyrrhotite in concrete foundations, if any testing was done to locate pyrrhotite, any degradation caused by pyrrhotite and any repairs due to deterioration. When these iron sulfides are exposed to water and oxygen they swell causing cracks and structural damage.

Under SB 907, four Residential Condition Report exemptions have been removed and require the seller to provide this report when the residential property will transfer pursuant to a court order, by a political subdivision of the state, by a deed in lieu of foreclosure or when the property is conveyed to the mortgagee.

Prior to passing the state Senate, SB 907 passed the Insurance and Real Estate Committee unanimously on March 19.

 

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