NKBA Opposing Subcontractor Disclosure Bill

NKBA Opposing Subcontractor Disclosure Bill

Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath Association has begun a letter-writing campaign aimed at opposing proposed New York State legislation mandating the disclosure by home improvement contractors of information about subcontractors working on projects including kitchens and baths.

The letter-writing campaign, begun last month, encourages NKBA members' opposition to New York State Senate Bill 6072 by Marcellino. That bill would add a provision to home improvement contracts mandating contractors to disclose the name, address, phone number and license number of all subcontractors providing work on a project.

The NKBA claims such a provision will prove to be a major administrative burden to kitchen and bath specialists and other home improvement contractors, and will add to contractors' costs.

The proposed legislation, "suggests that the use of subcontractors by a home improvement contractor somehow misrepresents the services a homeowner expects a contractor to perform," according to the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA, which pointed out that most home improvements require several tradesmen doing multiple tasks.

"This is widely understood by homeowners," the NKBA stated, adding that homeowners have no contractual relationships with the subcontractors on a particular home improvement project.

"Coordinating multiple subcontractors is the contractor's responsibility and function," claimed the NKBA, pointing to several potential problems with the proposed new law.

"At the signing of a contract (with the homeowner), the contractor may not know all the subcontractors who will be used to perform a specific function. Scheduling a subcontractor could become an issue if the job is running ahead of schedule. Then another subcontractor could be used if he is available. Some contractors may be providing only off-site fabrication."

These typical occurrences "would require numerous notices, and increase contractors' costs and administrative burdens," the association concluded.