2013 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 37 - Professions and Occupations
RS 37:2175.1 - Home improvement contracting; written contract required; right to cancel
PART II. HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTING
§2175.1. Home improvement contracting; written contract required; right to cancel
A. Every agreement to perform home improvement contracting services, as defined by this Part, in an amount in excess of one thousand five hundred dollars, but not in excess of seventy-five thousand dollars, shall be in writing and shall include the following documents and information:
(1) The complete agreement between the owner and the contractor and a clear description of any other documents which are or shall be incorporated into the agreement.
(2) The full names, addresses, and the registration number of the home improvement contractor.
(3) A detailed description of the work to be done and the materials to be used in the performance of the contract.
(4)(a) The total amount agreed to be paid for the work to be performed under the contract including all change orders and work orders.
(b) An approximation of the cost expected to be borne by the owner under a cost-plus contract or a time-and-materials contract.
(5) The signature of all parties.
(6) If the contract is for goods or services in connection with the repair or replacement of a roof system to be paid from the proceeds of a property or casualty insurance policy, a statement in boldface type of a minimum size of ten points, in substantially the following form:
"You may cancel this contract in connection with the repair or replacement of a roof system at any time within seventy-two hours after you have been notified that your insurer has denied all or any part of your claim to pay for the goods and services to be provided under this contract. See attached notice of cancellation form for an explanation of this right."
(7) If the contract is for goods or services in connection with the repair or replacement of a roof system to be paid from the proceeds of a property or casualty insurance policy, a fully completed form in duplicate, captioned "NOTICE OF CANCELLATION", which shall be attached to the contract but easily detachable, and which shall contain, in boldface type of a minimum size of ten points, the following statement:
"NOTICE OF CANCELLATION
If your insurer denies all or any part of your claim to pay for goods and services in connection with the repair or replacement of a roof system to be provided under this contract, you may cancel the contract by mailing or delivering a signed and dated copy of this cancellation notice or any other written notice to (name of home improvement contractor) at (address of contractor's place of business) at any time within seventy-two hours after you have been notified that your claim has been denied. If you cancel, any payments made by you under the contract, except for certain emergency work already performed by the contractor, shall be returned to you within ten business days following receipt by the contractor of your cancellation notice.
I HEREBY CANCEL THIS TRANSACTION
B. At the time of signing, the owner shall be furnished with a copy of the contract signed by both the home improvement contractor and the owner. No work shall begin prior to the signing of the contract and transmittal to the owner of a copy of the contract.
C. Contracts which fail to comply with the requirements of this Section shall not be invalid solely because of noncompliance.
D.(1) A person who has entered into a written contract with a home improvement contractor to provide goods or services in connection with the repair or replacement of a roof system to be paid from the proceeds of a property or casualty insurance policy may cancel the contract within seventy-two hours after the insured party has been notified by the insurer that all or any part of the claim has been denied. Cancellation shall be evidenced by the insured party giving written notice of cancellation to the home improvement contractor at the address stated in the contract. Notice of cancellation, if given by mail, shall be by certified mail, return receipt requested, and shall be effective upon deposit into the United States mail, postage prepaid, and properly addressed to the home improvement contractor. Notice of cancellation need not take a particular form and shall be sufficient if it indicates, by any form of written expression, the intention of the insured party not to be bound by the contract.
(2) Within ten days after a contract referred to in this Subsection has been cancelled, the home improvement contractor shall tender to the owner or possessor of the residential real estate any payments, partial payments, or deposits made by the insured party and any note or other evidence of indebtedness. If, however, the home improvement contractor has performed any emergency services, acknowledged by the insured in writing to be necessary to prevent damage to the premises, the home improvement contractor shall be entitled to the reasonable value of such services.
E. For the purposes of this Part, "roof system" means the components of a roof, including but not limited to covering, insulation, and ventilation.
Acts 2003, No. 1146, §2; Acts 2007, No. 398, §1; Acts 2012, No. 193, §1.
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