LLR: New License Bond Required Before Renewing Builders License

Residential Builders Commission (LLR) Administrator Janet Baumberger, APM, has announced that a license bond must be in place and on file with LLR for the new license term that begins July 1 before a Home Builder can renew his or her residential builders license effective July 1.  

If your license bond expires on June 30, you must renew it now before you can renew online your license if it expires at the end of this month.  In fact, the bond should be renewed quickly so that your bond is delivered LLR before you attempt to renew your license.

Residential Builders whose license expires on June 30 need to move quickly to obtain a new $15,000 license bond and renew their Residential Builders license.  Click on the links below for the information you need to renew your license.
Click here to renew your license at LLR.state.sc.us.  Don’t forget to download the form to submit your new license bond.
Click here for a list of HBA members who can help you purchase a license bond.  Select Insurance in the Business Activity search criteria area.

Understanding High Performance Homes class offered for real estate agents and appraisers

New building codes, voluntary building standards and changes in technology are making new homes more efficient and healthier than homes from 20, 10 and even five years ago. Consumers are hearing about high performance homes and they are asking questions that real estate agents will need to be able to answer. These homes include features, products and building techniques that must be accounted for by appraisers or the true value of the home will be underestimated.

The Green Building Council of Greater Columbia saw a need for real estate agents and appraisers to learn more about this new type of home building and developed a class to fill the need. “Understanding High Performance Homes” has been designed to help these groups understand what makes high performance homes work, how they stack up to traditionally built homes, and how they are scientifically tested, verified and, in some cases, certified in a third-party program.

The class has been approved by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Real Estate Appraisers Board and will count toward Continuing Education credit needs for each profession. The class will be offered three times before the end of June in cities around the state. Sponsored by the SC Energy Office.

June 21 – Greenville, SC

  • Hosted by the HBA of Greenville and Greenville Technical College 

June 26 – Lexington, SC

  • Hosted by the HBA of Greater Columbia and SCE&G 

June 28 – Charleston, SC

  • Hosted by the Charleston Trident HBA and Berkeley Electric Cooperative 

 Learn more and register to take the class at www.columbiabuilders.com or call (803) 256-6238. Class fee is $75/student in Lexington and $85/student in Greenville and Charleston. Approved for 7 CEUs for real estate agents and appraisers.

Employers: State law requires all new hires to be verified through E-Verify beginning January 1, 2012

In June Governor Nikki Haley signed into law amendments to the South Carolina Illegal Immigration and Reform Act.  The key change to the law requires all employers, beginning January 1, 2012, to verify the employment status of all new employees by using E-Verify.

E-Verify is an online system run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Employers using E-Verify are required to check the status of a newly hired employee within three business days of the employee’s hire date.

Failure to comply with this new law will result in probation, suspension, or revocation of the employer’s South Carolina business license.  Under South Carolina law, all private employers are imputed with a South Carolina employment license, or business license, which permits a private employer to employ a person in the state.  There is no action required on the part of the employer to receive the business license, but failure to comply with the South Carolina illegal immigration law could result in revocation of the license and termination of the business’ ability to employee people.

Employers using E-Verify must apply to use the system, agree to its terms, and take an online study course and pass an online test before beginning to use the system.  The application and testing process takes about two hours.

Click here to log on to E-Verify and begin the process of complying with the law.

Click here for more information about South Carolina’s Illegal Immigration and Reform Act.

LLR: New requirement for performance bond

LLR has announced a new requirement that must be contained by the license bond purchased by many Licensed Residential Builders. The requirement of the license bond is as follows:

“SC law allows home owners who desire to claim against the required Residential Builder licensing bond to use means other than LLR.”

According to LLR, license bonds purchased after October 31, 2011, or upon expiration of an existing bond, must contain the above language.  Historically, license bonds have not contained this provision, even though South Carolina case law requires it.

South Carolina law requires that Licensed Residential Builders post a $15,000 bond as a condition of their license, or submit an audited financial statement in lieu of the bond.

Audit finds that 27 percent of calls to LLR go unaswered

According to a report by the Legislative Audit Council, the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) failed to answer 27 percent of the calls it received.

LLR is the umbrella agency under which the S.C. Residential Builders Commission and the S.C. Contractors Licensing Board are managed. Both boards regulate home builders, general contractors, home inspectors, and other trades professionals who work on construction sites. In addition, LLR manages the S.C. Real Estate Licensing Board.
The audit also found that agency staff “spent an average of 36 percent of their time on calls or after call work when 70 percent is a reasonable expectation.” The audit also found that 60 percent of complaints referred to LLR’s Office of Investigations and Enforcement received “no action,” while another 30 percent had “minimal actions such as fines and reprimands.”