Public Hearing Today on Bill Tackling Crumbling Foundations Problem

A legislative committee is taking on the issue of crumbling concrete house foundations during a public hearing on Friday.

NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters broke the story in July about the issue that has plagued hundreds of residents from East Hartford to Ashford who live in houses that were built between the early 1980s to the late 1990s.

Homeowners said cracks begin a decade or more after the house foundation was placed and insurance companies deny claims for coverage.

Out-of-pocket costs to replace it are in the hundreds of thousands dollars.

See prior coverage of the crumbling foundations issue here.

A bill to address the issue is on the agenda for a planning and development committee hearing at 11:30 a.m.

The proposal would require that the names of businesses that poured concrete foundations of new buildings be provided to local building officials. In the case that the information is not provided, building officials would deny certificates of occupancy.

Legislators want to hear from people who are affected.

People who live in homes with cracked concrete and deteriorating foundations are asked to attend the meeting in Room 2A of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Anyone who wants to speak during the hearing must be there at 10 a.m. and participate in the lottery system.

Following is the language of the bill:

“Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a new residential or commercial building for which a concrete foundation was poured, the applicant shall provide the building official with documentation of the name of the individual or entity that poured the foundation and the date or dates upon which the foundation was poured. On and after October 1, 2016, no certificate of occupancy may be issued for a new residential or commercial building for which a concrete foundation was poured unless such documentation has been provided in accordance with this section.”

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