LIENS, MORTGAGES AND PLEDGES
LIENS OF MECHANICS AND MATERIALMEN
45-525. General contractors — Residential property — Disclosures. (1) Legislative intent. This section is intended to protect owners and purchasers of residential real property by requiring that general contractors provide adequate disclosure of potential liens.
(2) General contractor information. Prior to entering into any contract in an amount exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000) with a homeowner or residential real property purchaser to construct, alter or repair any improvements on residential real property, or with a residential real property purchaser for the purchase and sale of newly constructed property, the general contractor shall provide to the homeowner a disclosure statement setting forth the information specified in this subsection. The statement shall contain an acknowledgment of receipt to be executed by the homeowner or residential real property purchaser. The general contractor shall retain proof of receipt and shall provide a copy to the homeowner or residential real property purchaser. The disclosure shall include the following:
(a) The homeowner or residential real property purchaser shall have the right at the reasonable expense of the homeowner or residential real property purchaser to require that the general contractor obtain lien waivers from any subcontractors providing services or materials to the general contractor;
(b) The homeowner or residential real property purchaser shall have the right to receive from the general contractor proof that the general contractor has a general liability insurance policy including completed operations in effect and proof that the general contractor has worker’s compensation insurance for his employees as required by Idaho law;
(c) The homeowner or residential real property purchaser shall be informed of the opportunity to purchase an extended policy of title insurance covering certain unfiled or unrecorded liens; and
(d) The homeowner or residential real property purchaser shall have the right to require, at the homeowner’s or residential real property purchaser’s expense, a surety bond in an amount up to the value of the construction project.
(3) Subcontractor, materialmen and rental equipment information.
(a) A general contractor shall provide to a prospective residential real property purchaser or homeowner a written disclosure statement, which shall be signed by the general contractor listing the business names, addresses and telephone numbers of all subcontractors, materialmen and rental equipment providers having a direct contractual relationship with the general contractor and who have supplied materials or performed work on the residential property of a value in excess of five hundred dollars ($500). A general contractor is not required under this subsection to disclose subcontractors, materialmen or rental equipment providers not directly hired by or directly working for the general contractor. Such information shall be provided within a reasonable time prior to:
(i) The closing on any purchase and sales agreement with a prospective residential real property purchaser; or
(ii) The final payment to the general contractor by a homeowner or residential real property purchaser for construction, alteration, or repair of any improvement of residential real property.
(b) All subcontractors, materialmen and rental equipment providers listed in the disclosure statement are authorized to disclose balances owed to the prospective real property purchasers or homeowners and to the agents of such purchasers or homeowners.
(c) The general contractor shall not be liable for any error, inaccuracy or omission of any information delivered pursuant to this section if the error, inaccuracy or omission was not within the personal knowledge of the general contractor.
(4) Failure to disclose. Failure to provide complete disclosures as required by this section to the homeowner or prospective residential real property purchaser shall constitute an unlawful and deceptive act or practice in trade or commerce under the provisions of the Idaho consumer protection act, chapter 6, title 48, Idaho Code.
(5) Definitions. For purposes of this section:
(a) "General contractor" means a person who enters into an agreement in excess of two thousand dollars ($2,000) with:
(i) A homeowner or prospective residential real property purchaser for the construction, alteration or repair of residential real property; or
(ii) A prospective residential real property purchaser for the purchase and sale of newly constructed property.
The term "general contractor" does not include subcontractors, materialmen or rental equipment providers who do not have a direct contractual relationship with the homeowner or residential real property purchaser.
(b) "Residential real property" shall include owner and nonowner occupied real property consisting of not less than one (1) nor more than four (4) dwelling units.
(6) This section shall not apply to instances in which a homeowner or the agent of the homeowner initiates the contact with the general contractor for purposes of providing repairs necessary to meet a bona fide emergency of the homeowner or to make necessary repairs to an electrical, plumbing or water system of the homeowner.
[45-525, added 2002, ch. 307, sec. 2, p. 876; am. 2004, ch. 225, sec. 1, p. 667.]