A new bill was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee that protects homeowners from residential contractors, which was drafted in response to reports of “shoddy work.”

Senate Bill 5795 was written by Sen. Hans Zieger, R-Puyallup, and will allow the Department of Labor and Industries to increase a contractor’s bond requirements by up to three times the normal amount, if the applicant has had a judgement involving a single-family home. It also tasks L&I with creating a work group to consider other consumer safeguards.

Crafting this bill became Zieger’s charge after one of his constituents in Puyallup’s Manorwood neighborhood reported the contractor they hired did “inferior work and damaged the property.” In this instance, there was little the homeowners could do to recover money from the contractor or recuperate the damage done, according to the news release about the bill.

“This legislation will make a difference for homeowners across the state,” Zieger said. “This law will protect home owners from contractors who perform substandard work or damage a customer’s property. It is also launching an important conversation about further homeowner protections.”

The bill will go into effect on July 28, 2019. More information can be found here.