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House Passes Resolution to Aid Chinese Drywall Victims

By a vote of 419 to 1 the House of Representatives today approved Congressman Glenn Nye’s resolution (H.Con.Res.197) asking banks and mortgage servicers to provide assistance to homeowners struggling with toxic drywall in their homes. Nye has been leading the effort in Congress to deliver relief to families in Hampton Roads affected by toxic drywall.

 

“I have seen firsthand the physical, emotional, and financial burden toxic Chinese drywall creates,” said Congressman Nye in his speech to the House of Representatives. “At a time when the economy is already struggling, this hardship is more than families can sustain. Today, I urge my colleagues to support this resolution encouraging banks and mortgage servicers to work with their customers by allowing a grace period on their mortgage payments until they get back on their feet.”

Due to the health effects caused by the toxic fumes emitted by the drywall, many families have been forced to leave their homes and move into rental housing. These families are now being forced to pay for both the mortgage on their original home as well as the rent on their temporary residence.

Some mortgage servicers have been willing to grant temporary forbearances to help alleviate the burden on affected families while they try to work out a long term solution, but other lenders have been less cooperative.

“Recognizing this issue in Congress and formally asking lenders to be a part of the solution will give families more leverage when working with banks or mortgage holders who may be unfamiliar with the seriousness of this problem,” said Congressman Glenn Nye.

Congressman Nye first introduced his resolution on October 8th, the same day that many homeowners from Hampton Roads traveled to Washington to meet with lawmakers to discuss the toxic drywall issue. A companion resolution was also introduced in the Senate by Senator Mark Warner and passed on November 10th.

Today’s vote marks Congressman Nye’s second legislative victory in recent months in his fight to help families with toxic drywall. In late October, the House passed Nye’s amendment to allow homeowners with toxic drywall to qualify for disaster assistance loans from the Small Business Administration. That proposal is currently awaiting action in the Senate.

Insurance: Chinese drywall- Update Jan 2010

Two bills moving through the Virginia  General Assembly aim to prevent home insurers from canceling policies or denying coverage to home-owners affected by Chinese-made drywall.

Introduced by Del. Glenn Oder, R-Newport News, the first bill, HB44, seeks to ensure individuals can file a claim with their home insurer on property damage caused by the tainted drywall.

The second bill, HB45, also from Oder, forbids home insurers from canceling or increasing the rates on property insurance policies because of the presence of the wallboard.

A recent government study of homes built with the Chinese-made drywall found a "strong association" between the wallboard and metal corrosion and a "possible" connection between sulfide gases it emitted and health problems reported by home-owners across the country. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also concluded late last year that Chinese-made drywall emits higher levels of volatile sulfur gases than typical U.S.-made drywall.

At least 150,000 sheets of Chinese-made drywall were imported by a Norfolk construction supplier, enough to build more than 300 homes. The drywall has since been found in housing developments throughout Hampton Roads.

Read more about Chinese Drywall issues in Williamsburg VA and Hampton Roads VA

5395 This article was posted by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of listing or selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

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