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Notice of Final Action - General Regulations - Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Actions - Maryland Home Improvement Commission


Page 1080 of the Maryland Register dated August 10, 2012, contained the following notice of final action for the contract advisory language required by Section 8-501(c)(ix) of the Home Improvement Law, which specifies the protections available to consumers through the Commission and advises the consumer of the right to purchase a performance bond for additional protection against loss. The effective date for this regulation is August 20, 2012.

09.08.01 General Regulations
Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§8-207(a) and 8-501(c)(1)(ix), Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Final Action

On July 12, 2012, the Maryland Home Improvement Commission adopted new Regulation .26 under COMAR 09.08.01 General Regulations. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:8 Md. R. 538—539 (April 20, 2012), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: August 20, 2012.

Home Improvement Commission

.26 Required Notice in Contracts.
    A. A home improvement contract shall contain a notice stating that:
        (1) Formal mediation of disputes between homeowners and contractors is available through the Maryland Home Improvement Commission;
        (2) The Maryland Home Improvement Commission administers the Guaranty Fund, which may compensate homeowners for certain actual losses caused by acts or omissions of licensed contractors; and
        (3) A homeowner may request that a contractor purchase a performance bond for additional protection against losses not covered by the Guaranty Fund.
    B. The notice required by this regulation shall be included within the contract or, until July 1, 2013, may be included in an addendum attached to the contract, provided that the addendum is signed by the homeowner and contractor.

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