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32-1132.01. Actual damages; fund; limitations; definition
A. An award from the residential contractors' recovery fund is limited to residential real properties. The fund may not issue an award covering damages to commercial property.
B. An award from the residential contractors' recovery fund may not exceed the actual damages suffered by the claimant as a direct result of a contractor's violation. Actual damages:
1. May not exceed an amount necessary to complete or repair a residential structure or appurtenance within residential property lines.
2. Must be established by bids supplied by or the value of work performed by a person that is licensed pursuant to this chapter if the person is required to be licensed pursuant to this chapter.
C. If the claimant paid a deposit or down payment and no actual work is performed or materials are delivered, the claimant's actual damages are the exact dollar amount of the deposit or down payment plus interest at the rate of ten percent a year from the date the deposit or down payment is made, but may not exceed $30,000. Interest may not be paid from the fund on any other awards under this chapter unless ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.
D. The maximum individual award from the residential contractors' recovery fund is $30,000. An individual claimant may not be awarded more than the maximum individual award.
E. Monies in the residential contractors' recovery fund may not be awarded for attorney fees or costs, except in contested cases appealed to the superior court.
F. If the claimant has recovered a portion of the claimant's loss from sources other than the fund, the registrar shall deduct the amount recovered from other sources from the amount of actual damages suffered pursuant to subsection B of this section and direct the difference, not to exceed $30,000, to be paid from the fund.
G. The claimant may not be the spouse of the residential contractor or the personal representative of the spouse of the residential contractor.
H. For the purposes of this section, "actual damages" means the reasonable cost of completing the contract and repairing the contractor's defective performance, minus the part of the contract price still unpaid.