Confusion, Ire over Lemon Housing Law

Jim Howard outside his house near Springfield, Ill., which he and his wife purchased in 1998.

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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Jim Howard outside his house near Springfield, Ill. Credit: Courtesy Jim Howard

Jim Howard outside his house near Springfield, Illinois. 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 Some owners of new homes say it's not fair to them and they want it repealed.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.

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