ASSEMBLY, No. 2328
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED SEPTEMBER 16, 1996
By Assemblyman GEIST
An Act concerning limitation of liability for surveys under certain circumstances, amending P.L.1967, c.59 and supplementing chapter 14 of Title 2A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 1 of P.L.1967, c.59 (C.2A:14-1.1) is amended to read as follows:
1. No action whether in contract, in tort, or otherwise to recover damages for any deficiency in the design, planning, surveying, supervision or construction of an improvement to real property, or for any injury to property, real or personal, or for an injury to the person, or for bodily injury or wrongful death, arising out of the defective and unsafe condition of an improvement to real property, nor any action for contribution or indemnity for damages sustained on account of such injury, shall be brought against any person performing or furnishing the design, planning, surveying, supervision of construction or construction of such improvement to real property, more than 10 years after the performance or furnishing of such services and construction. This limitation shall not apply to any person in actual possession and control as owner, tenant, or otherwise, of the improvement at the time the defective and unsafe condition of such improvement constitutes the proximate cause of the injury or damage for which the action is brought.
(cf: P.L.1967, c.59, s.1)
2. (New section) No action, whether in contract, in tort, or otherwise to recover damages for any deficiency in a survey of real property performed under contract for any purpose other than for an improvement to real property shall be taken against any person performing or furnishing such survey:
a. more than 10 years after the performance or furnishing of such survey; or
b. at any time after transfer of the right, title or interest in the real property from the person or entity for whom the survey was contractually performed.
3. This act shall take effect immediately.
Current law provides a ten-year limitations period on any claim arising out of a defect in improvement to real property in an action against any person who designed, planned, supervised or constructed the improvement.
Under this bill, persons who surveyed the property for purposes of the improvement would also receive the benefit of this ten-year limitation.
In addition, the bill would establish a ten-year limitation period on actions against surveyors for real property surveys performed under contract and undertaken for purposes other than those involving improvements to the property. For surveys undertaken for purposes other than those involving improvements, the bill provides that only the person or entity originally contracting for the survey would be able to bring suit against the surveyor, up to ten years after the survey took place; after the property is sold or transferred, the new owner would not have any right to bring suit against the surveyor for the survey he performed for the previous owner.
Establishes ten-year limitation on surveyors' liability.