Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act

January 2009 Philadelphia Bar Association's Upon Further Review

Pennsylvania recently enacted the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA), which requires contractors to register with the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Pennsylvania Attorney General (the Bureau) and mandates the form and content of contracts.

HICPA provides a consumer protections above and beyond those set forth in Pennsylvania’s UnfairTrade Practices and Consumer Protection law. While HICPA was created to protect consumers from unscrupulous contractors and scam artists, it also places significant burdens, costs and restrictions on every contractor. HICPA will go into effect on July 1, 2009, and all contractors must be prepared to bring their contracts into compliance and to register with the Bureau. Proper legal advice can be critical to ensure contractor compliance.

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