• California Law: New Statute of Limitations for Residential Construction Defects
  • November 7, 2003
  • Law Firm: Long & Levit LLP - San Francisco Office
  • Senate Bill 800 changed the statute of limitations for construction defect claims for new residences sold on or after January 1, 2003. SB800's first change was to eliminate the distinction between patent and latent defects. In its place, it imposed a general ten-year statute of repose for violation of SB800 building standards. Accordingly, a homeowner may file suit for construction defect within ten years. The ten-year period begins to run on substantial completion of the residence.