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Florida community sues over construction defects

The decision to build or renovate a house is usually not one that is taken lightly by anyone. The often complicated process can be expensive. When the project does not go as planned, it can be difficult to know what options exist. Residents of one Florida community are facing this now. They purchased townhomes in a community that were built by Pulte Homes within the last decade. Unfortunately, the homes have not held up well.

The community’s home owner’s association claims that the buildings suffered damage when the exterior stucco began to crack and water got underneath it leading to mold. In addition, the association’s lawyer says that there are issues with the way in which the structures are constructed. The buildings’ two stories are allegedly not connected properly. This could lead to problems when storms arrive during hurricane season.

The home owner’s association first filed a lawsuit in connection with the stucco issue. More recently, the issue of shoddy construction was added with the association alleging building codes were violated. Current repairs are estimated to cost approximately $7.5 million. The individuals who reside in the townhomes would like Pulte to remedy the problems.

In the meantime, the owners of the townhomes remain in the allegedly defective homes. Because of a lack of money in the home owner’s association account, the repairs cannot be made. At the same time, it is impossible for them to leave, as no one would want to purchase a home with these structural issues.

It is fair to say that no one purchased one of these townhomes expecting that they would encounter problems with the construction. Matters like this can be extremely disruptive to those involved. For this reason, the owners are probably relying upon a lawyer who handles construction defect cases. The homeowners are undoubtedly hoping that the issue will be remedied sooner rather than later.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Wesley Chapel townhome community mired in litigation over shoddy construction,” Jon Silman, Jan. 28, 2014

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