A bill is advancing in the Florida House of Representatives that would shorten the time period when homeowners can file lawsuits alleging construction defects – a move supporters say would cut down on costly litigation and promote housing affordability.

House Bill 85, authored by Rep. John Snyder (R-Stuart), aims to clarify when the state’s statute of repose would be triggered for such construction defects. Generally, the reform would reduce the statute of repose (SOR) from 10 years to seven years and start the clock ticking at the earliest possible triggering point, according to an analysis of the bill by the legislative staff.

Among the supporters of the proposal is the Associated Builders & Contractors of Florida (ABC of Florida), which points out that many defects can be the result of owners deferring regular maintenance.

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