Connecticut House passes $12 fee to help crumbling foundation homeowners

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The legislative session in Connecticut will come to an end this coming Wednesday, so lawmakers were at the Capitol on Saturday for a rare weekend session to try and tackle some last-minute legislation. 

There was no budget agreement on Saturday, but action did take place on one big issue concerning homeowners. 

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The House of Representatives passed a bill to help homeowners with crumbling foundations. This has been a big problem in eastern and central Connecticut. The bill that passed the House means that a $12 surcharge will be added on every homeowner’s policy. 

That money would go into an account that would help homeowners with crumbling foundations. The concrete foundations have developed cracks because of an iron sulfide, which has reacted naturally with oxygen and water. 

“These are big cracks. They’re like spider-like cracks and they’ll actually push the house up the lally columns. Some have bode out. A couple of houses have been condemned– not to live in. So, it’s a big issue,” said Rep. Kurt Vail of the 52nd District (Stafford/Somers). 

The bill was approved 97 to 42. It now awaits approval by the state senate.

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