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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Home Repair

Supreme court: contractors can enforce oral home-repair contracts By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2010 Lawpulse, Page 558 The high court looks to a recent revision in the Home Repair and Remodeling Act in holding that a contractor can enforce an oral contract against a homeowner.
Disabled persons now protected under the Home Repair Fraud Act. PA 096-1026 September 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 The Illinois General Assembly has passed a bill making it a felony for anyone to commit fraud in connection with a home repair project undertaken to aid a disabled person. (815 ILCS 515/5)
The New, Improved Home Repair and Remodeling Act By Adam B. Whiteman September 2010 Article, Page 462 ISBA-inspired changes specify that a homeowner's remedy for an HRRA violation is to sue under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
Violations of the Home Repair and Remodeling Act do not render a contract void and unenforceable September 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 On June 30, 2010, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, reversed a decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, finding that a contractor's procedural violations of the Home Repair and Remodeling Act ("the Act") (815 ILCS 513/1 et seq) did not preclude the contractor from asserting a mechanic's lien or breach of contract claim.
Caveat Contractor: Recent Cases Interpret the Home Repair and Remodeling Act By Brian R. Kalb June 2008 Article, Page 298 A discussion of recent HRRA cases, including a new one from the supreme court holding that the Act doesn't apply to subcontractors.
Home Repair and Remodeling Act: unfair to contractors? By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2008 Lawpulse, Page 278 A newsletter author argues that the Act is unfair to contractors and that the recent supreme court case interpreting it defeats its purpose.
Legislature Increases Penalties for Home Repair Fraud P.A. 93-0542 November 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 550 The Legislature added a provision to the Home Repair Fraud Act providing that if a person commits aggravated home repair fraud.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath January 2001 Column, Page 10 Standard of review for fee suits; U.S. Supremes just say no to drug-sniffing dogs at checkpoints; employee claims rejected by 7CA; and more.