NKBA Opposing Subcontractor Disclosure Bill

by WOHe

NKBA Opposing Subcontractor Disclosure
Bill

Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath Association has
begun a letter-writing campaign aimed at opposing proposed New York
State legislation mandating the disclosure by home improvement
contractors of information about subcontractors working on projects
including kitchens and baths.

The letter-writing campaign, begun last month, encourages NKBA
members’ opposition to New York State Senate Bill 6072 by
Marcellino. That bill would add a provision to home improvement
contracts mandating contractors to disclose the name, address,
phone number and license number of all subcontractors providing
work on a project.

The NKBA claims such a provision will prove to be a major
administrative burden to kitchen and bath specialists and other
home improvement contractors, and will add to contractors’
costs.

The proposed legislation, “suggests that the use of
subcontractors by a home improvement contractor somehow
misrepresents the services a homeowner expects a contractor to
perform,” according to the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA, which
pointed out that most home improvements require several tradesmen
doing multiple tasks.

“This is widely understood by homeowners,” the NKBA stated,
adding that homeowners have no contractual relationships with the
subcontractors on a particular home improvement project.

“Coordinating multiple subcontractors is the contractor’s
responsibility and function,” claimed the NKBA, pointing to several
potential problems with the proposed new law.

“At the signing of a contract (with the homeowner), the
contractor may not know all the subcontractors who will be used to
perform a specific function. Scheduling a subcontractor could
become an issue if the job is running ahead of schedule. Then
another subcontractor could be used if he is available. Some
contractors may be providing only off-site fabrication.”

These typical occurrences “would require numerous notices, and
increase contractors’ costs and administrative burdens,” the
association concluded.

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