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Sponsors: Senators Gregory and Cromer
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3480
Introduced in the Senate on January 14, 2003
Introduced in the House on May 4, 2004
Last Amended on April 29, 2004
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Real property, legal actions based on defective or unsafe conditions of improvement to; limitation of six years after completion before bringing action
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/11/2002 Senate Prefiled 12/11/2002 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/14/2003 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-58 1/14/2003 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-58 4/30/2003 Senate Committee report: Majority favorable with amend., minority unfavorable Judiciary SJ-21 6/5/2003 Senate Debate adjourned SJ-73 1/21/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-18 1/21/2004 Senate Ordered to third reading with notice of amendments SJ-18 1/21/2004 Senate Debate adjourned SJ-18 3/10/2004 Senate Debate interrupted SJ-21 4/29/2004 Senate Amended SJ-42 4/29/2004 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-42 5/4/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-5 5/4/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-5
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AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
April 29, 2004
S. Printed 4/29/04--S.
Read the first time January 14, 2003.
TO AMEND SECTION 15-3-640, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO LEGAL ACTIONS BASED UPON A DEFECTIVE OR UNSAFE CONDITION OF AN IMPROVEMENT TO REAL PROPERTY, SO AS TO ESTABLISH AN OUTSIDE LIMITATION OF TEN YEARS AFTER SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF THE IMPROVEMENT FOR BRINGING THE ACTION.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 15-3-640 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 15-3-640. No actions to recover damages based upon or arising out of the defective or unsafe condition of an improvement to real property may be brought more than
thirteen nine years after substantial completion of such an the improvement. For purposes of this section, an action based upon or arising out of the defective or unsafe condition of an improvement to real property includes:
(1) an action to recover damages for breach of a contract to construct or repair an improvement to real property;
(2) an action to recover damages for the negligent construction or repair of an improvement to real property;
(3) an action to recover damages for personal injury, death, or damage to property;
(4) an action to recover damages for economic or monetary loss;
(5) an action in contract or in tort or otherwise;
(6) an action for contribution or indemnification for damages sustained on account of an action described in this subdivision;
(7) an action against a surety or guarantor of a defendant described in this section;
(8) an action brought against any current or prior owner of the real property or improvement, or against any other person having a current or prior interest in the real property or improvement; or
(9) an action against owners or manufacturers of components, or against any person furnishing materials, or against any person who develops real property, or who performs or furnishes the design, plans, specifications, surveying, planning, supervision, testing, or observation of construction, or construction of an improvement to real property, or a repair to an improvement to real property.
This section does not apply to actions to recover damages based on exterior insulation and finishing systems.
This section describes an outside limitation of
thirteen nine years after the substantial completion of the improvement, within which normal statutes of limitations continue to run.
Any A building permit for the construction of an improvement to real property shall must contain in bold type notice to the owner or possessor of the property of his rights under this section to contract for a guarantee of the structure being free from defective or unsafe conditions beyond thirteen nine years after substantial completion of the improvement. The Department of Consumer Affairs shall publish in conspicuous places the right of any an owner or possessor to contract for such extended liability under this section. Nothing in this section shall prohibit any prohibits a person from entering into any a contractual agreement prior to the substantial completion of the improvement which extends any guarantee of a structure or component being free from defective or unsafe conditions beyond thirteen nine years after substantial completion of the improvement or component, with the exception of actions to recover damages based on exterior insulation and finishing systems, which must be brought within thirteen years of substantial completion of the project.
For any improvement to real property, a certificate of occupancy issued by a county or municipality shall constitute proof of substantial completion of the improvement under the provisions of Section 15-3-630, unless the contractor and owner, by written agreement, establish a different date of substantial completion."
SECTION 2. The provisions of this act apply to any improvement to real property for which construction begins on or after January 1, 2004.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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