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32-1133. Civil recovery; statute of limitations
A. An action for a judgment that may subsequently result in an order for collection from the residential contractors' recovery fund may not be commenced later than two years after the date of the commission of the act by the contractor that is the cause of the injury or from the date of occupancy.
B. When a claimant commences an action for a judgment that may result in collection from the fund, the claimant must notify the registrar in writing to this effect within thirty calendar days after the commencement of the action. The registrar at any time may intervene in and defend the action.
C. When any claimant recovers a valid judgment against any residential contractor for an act, representation, transaction or conduct that is in violation of this chapter or the rules adopted pursuant to this chapter, the claimant, on twenty days' written notice to the registrar, may apply to the court for an order directing payment out of the fund, of the amount unpaid on the judgment, subject to the limits stated in this article. If the claimant fails to notify the registrar within thirty calendar days after commencement of the action as required by this subsection, the court may direct payment out of the fund on receipt of a consent to payment signed on behalf of the registrar. If the claimant gives notice to the registrar as required by this subsection, the court may direct payment out of the fund either on receipt of a consent to payment signed on behalf of the registrar or, in the absence of any written consent, after the notice period required by this subsection. If the court receives written objections by the registrar, the court may not direct payment from the fund without affording the registrar a reasonable opportunity to present and support the registrar's objections.
D. The court may proceed on an application in a summary manner and, on the hearing, the claimant is required to show that the claimant has done all of the following:
1. Given notice as required by subsections B and C of this section.
2. Obtained a judgment that has become final, as provided in subsection C of this section, stating the amount and the amount owing at the date of the application.
3. Proceeded against any existing bond covering the residential contractor.
E. The court may make an order directed to the registrar requiring payment from the fund of whatever sum it finds to be payable on the claim, in accordance with this section, if the court is satisfied on the hearing of the truth of all matters required to be shown by the claimant by subsection D of this section. The recovery limits established under this article apply to all judgments awarded beginning September 1, 2002. If the claimant has recovered a portion of the claimant's loss from sources other than the fund, the court shall deduct the amount recovered from other sources from the amount of actual damages suffered pursuant to section 32-1132.01, subsection A and direct the difference, not to exceed $30,000, to be paid from the fund.
F. On receipt of a certified copy of the order specified in subsection E of this section, the registrar may authorize payment from the residential contractors' recovery fund even if an appeal has been instituted but not completed.