According to Renne Schiavone’s of Patch.com in her article “Sen. Hill Wants Contractors to Report Construction Defect Cases”, Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo County proposed a bill on December 21st, 2017 requiring construction defect settlements to be reported by contractors to the licensing board. This proposal comes after the tragic incident that took place back on June 16, 2015 during which a balcony on the fifth floor of a Berkeley apartment complex collapsed. This resulted in the death of six students and serious injuries for an additional seven individuals.
An investigation revealed that three years prior to the balcony collapse, Segue Construction, who built the apartment complex, had paid $26.5 million in construction defect lawsuit settlements. Since the law doesn’t require these settlements to be reported by contractors, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) wasn’t aware of the case.
"Working together we can take even stronger steps to protect the public by ensuring that this critically important data is accessible to the Contractors State License Board," said Senator Hill. Senate Bill 465 will aim to protect consumers with more regulation and transparency. Senator Hill is also working on Senate Bill 721 which would require periodic condo and apartment building inspections of exterior elevated walking surfaces, stairwells, and balconies.