DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION APPLAUDS LEGISLATURE FOR PASSAGE OF HB 5180 REGARDING CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 – On Tuesday, May 3, the Senate passed House Bill 5180, which allows information of consumers who have filed complaints with the Department of Consumer Protection regarding a potentially failing foundation to remain protected for seven years. If complainants have already filed a complaint with the Department, their information will be protected for seven years from the date of passage. If complainants file in the future, their information will be protected seven years from the date of their complaint.
“Our hearts go out to the homeowners who have failing foundations,” said Commissioner Jonathan Harris, “We know our homes are the most important asset we have, and here at DCP, we’re doing everything we can to move our investigation forward in a deliberate, thorough way so that homeowners can get the answers they need. Now, homeowners can also get the answers they need with the privacy they deserve.”
The Department of Consumer Protection has an ongoing investigation in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General as directed by Governor Malloy, and participates in discussions with Connecticut’s federal delegation, the Department of Insurance, the Banking Department, the Department of Administrative Services, along with legislators and municipal officials.
Results from the investigation are expected this fall, and the Department of Consumer Protection currently has 213 complaints regarding failing foundations.