According to Harvey V. Cohen, Cohen Battisti Attorneys at Law, the original language proposed in Florida House Bill 909, which was designed to strip homeowners of their right to assign benefits, has been removed. It’s a big victory/relief for restoration professionals in the Sunshine State, as the original bill, if passed, would not have guaranteed contractor payments after work completion. (You can read more about Florida House Bill 909 here.)
Florida House Bill 909 was a hot topic at the recent Experience Conference and Exhibition in Clearwater, FL, where a special open-forum type meeting was held to raise awareness about the bill and mobilize support to defeat it, as professionals were fearful that if it passed in Florida, it was only a matter of time before similar legislation spread to other states, potentially crippling the industry as we now know it.
The RIA also recently spoke up about how devastating the original language in the bill would have been.
Stay tuned to R&R, as we’ll have more updates as this story evolves.