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Confusion, Ire over Lemon Housing Law

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Jim Howard outside his house near Springfield, Ill., which he and his wife purchased in 1998. For nearly five and a half years, the Howards have been battling their contractor over construction defects. Courtesy Jim Howard hide caption

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A new law is taking hold in many states, requiring owners of new homes to hold off suing the builder for repairs until they give the builder a chance to fix the problem. Homebuilders say it's only fair. Some owners of new homes say it's not fair to them and they want it repealed. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.