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A00711 Summary:

BILL NOA00711
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01383
 
SPONSORWallace
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §759-a, Gen Bus L
 
Requires all new private, one-family and two-family home construction contracts to include a cost estimate for installation of a fire sprinkler system.
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A00711 Actions:

BILL NOA00711
 
01/06/2021referred to consumer affairs and protection
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A00711 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A711
 
SPONSOR: Wallace
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring that a homeowner be provided a cost estimate for installation of a fire sprinkler system   PURPOSE: To increase the safety of newly-constructed homes by providing buyers the data with which to make a decision regarding installation of a fire sprinkler system.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 one amends the general business law by adding an amending section 759-a requiring that for all private, one-family and two-family home construction contracted on or after September 1 of the year in which this law is passed, the home construction estimate must include a cost estimate for the installation of a fire sprinkler system in the home. Section two provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Fire sprinklers have long been recognized as an effective means to reduce the spread of fire and limit damages associated with a fire. For most commercial structures and multifamily dwellings, New York State requires the installation of fire sprinkler systems. Mandating the installation of sprinklers system in new home construction has been suggested but not yet implemented, and as a result many buyers do not discuss the possibility of installing such a system during the process of planning for construction. This bill requires that for all new, single-family and two-family homes, the homeowner must be given a cost estimate for the installation of a fire sprinkler system before beginning construction. This bill would not mandate the installation of a sprinkler system, but would require the homeowner be made aware of the cost for the installation of the system so that an informed decision could be made at the time the home is being planned. Upon seeing the cost of such a system, many homebuyers may opt to install one, thereby providing not only greater safety and peace of mind, but adding to the market value of the home.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-2020: A.2468C - Ordered to third reading 2017-2018: A.10630 - Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This legislation will have no fiscal impact on the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act will take effect on September 1 next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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A00711 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           711
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. WALLACE -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Consumer Affairs and Protection
 
        AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring  that
          a  homeowner  be  provided  a cost estimate for installation of a fire
          sprinkler system

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Section  759-a  of  the general business law, as added by
     2  chapter 201 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 759-a. Disclosure of automatic fire sprinkler system information.  A
     4  builder  of  a  one- or two-family residential dwelling having less than
     5  three stories, prior to entering into a  contract  for  construction  of
     6  such dwelling with a buyer, shall provide the buyer with a copy of writ-
     7  ten  materials  prepared  by  the  office of fire prevention and control
     8  pursuant to subdivision twenty-one of section one hundred  fifty-six  of
     9  the  executive  law,  which details the benefits of and includes factors
    10  that can affect the costs associated with the installation  and  mainte-
    11  nance  of an automatic fire sprinkler system.  The builder shall further
    12  provide an estimate of the cost for the  installation  of  an  automatic
    13  fire  sprinkler  system in such dwelling. Upon request of the buyer, the
    14  builder shall, at the buyer's expense, install an automatic fire  sprin-
    15  kler  system in such one- or two-family residential dwelling having less
    16  than three stories.
    17    § 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
    18  succeeding  the  date  on  which  it  shall have become a law; provided,
    19  however the amendments to section 759-a of the general business law made
    20  by section one of this act shall not affect the repeal of  such  section
    21  and shall be deemed repealed therewith.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02220-01-1
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