Yesterday, as expected, the Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 177 on third reading and the bill is now headed to the House for consideration. While the spin put on this bill by the Metro Mayors Caucus and Denver Chamber of Commerce has been astounding, there is no question that this bill destroys the rights of homeowners to hold builders fully responsible for their defective construction.
The good news is that SB 177 is expected to die in the House. We also expect to see bills introduced in the House to promote quality construction. What a breath of fresh air! Let’s focus on providing incentives to build quality construction rather than providing builders with immunity for their defects. Also, I am hopeful that these anticipated bills will reframe the discussion on construction defects toward a balanced and fundamentally fair solution for both homeowners and builders.