Pennsylvania Construction Law Questions & Answers

Q: Topic: Pennsylvania Workers' Comp requirements.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 11, 2017
Timothy Belt's answer
Nonsense sounds about right. They may be subcontractors, but if they truly are he should be able to provide copies of written agreements with all of them and proof that they have their own liability insurance. Otherwise, he may want to take a look at the CONSTRUCTION WORKPLACE MISCLASSIFICATION ACT which establishes a definition of "independent contractor" for purposes of workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, and worker classification.

Q: What is a reasonable amount of time for a contractor to complete work? Should I send certified letter to ask for refund?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 22, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Yes. But you need to line up another contractor and work to get an extension from the city.

Q: An office building is being constructed on a corner lot, does it have to have an entrance on its address street?

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 10, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Not that I am aware of but why not ask the township zoning/building permits officer?

Q: Developer started new construction next to the existing building.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 6, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Not sure you have one that's worth the cost of bringing.You may be able to break the lease but suggest you contact an attorney who works on tenants rights issues. Contact Community Legal Services, ask for their housing unit, ask if any of their attorneys have gone into private practice and contact that person.

Q: water entering basement via electrical conduit from the outside. House is only 3 y/o. Is developer liable or is it on me

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Products Liability for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 4, 2016
Adam Studnicki's answer
A strong letter from a lawyer might help.

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Q: I want to do some home repairs,am I considered a contractor by PA workers compensation law?

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 6, 2015
Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Don't you think it would be a good idea to check with the local authorities about getting a building permit and finding out if one is required or not?

Q: What is spot zoning and how do we stop it

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 14, 2014
Mark Scoblionko's answer
"Spot zoning" refers to a request that a specific, small section be carved out of an exisiting zoning area and re-classified to a new zoning area to accomodate a new intended use. The name comes from the fact that a "spot" out of an existing zoning area is sought to be changed. If a practice is, indeed, "spot zoning," the practice is unconstitutional. In order to try to stop it, you need to consult knowledgeable zoning counsel and challenge the process in the administrative bodies considering...

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