Home Construction Attorney
Many people literally their savings only to later find out that their home has major construction defects such as a cracking foundation, leaking roof, building code violations or toxic mold. Many of these defects do not show up for months or even for years after construction has been completed. Sadly, many people are left with a home that cannot even be sold for a sum that covers the mortgage on the property.
We handle cases including significant construction defects including the following problems:
- Cracking Foundations or Slabs
- Cracking Walls Leaking Roofs
- Leaking Windows
- Water Intrusion
- Toxic Mold
- Improper Soil Compaction
- Building Code Violations
- Other Problems Causing Significant Damage
There are time limits on filing a lawsuit so it is important that you take immediate steps to protect your rights. You should immediately gather all documents related to the purchase of your home including brochures, marketing materials, contracts to purchase, warranties, mortgage financing documents and any photographs you have. Place these documents in a safe and secure place. Do not give your original documents to anyone; if you have to provide documents, make copies for others and keep your originals.
Also, a homeowner and homeowners association may be required by law to notify the developer or contractor of the defect in writing before a lawsuit can be filed. If applicable, the homeowner and homeowners association is required to give the developer or contractor a certain statutory time period within which to remedy the problem. If the developer or contractor remedies the problem or agrees to pay damages within the statutory time period, then generally no lawsuit can be brought for damages.
Although this law would appear to be straight forward, it is actually complex and can create traps for the inexperienced. Some homeowners who represent themselves may fail to follow the “letter of the law” and end up losing their right to bring a lawsuit based upon a technicality. The construction industry lobbied hard to get this law enacted for one reason: It favors the industry over consumers. It’s important that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
If you or someone you know is dealing with home construction defects and need a Home Construction Attorney, contact us today to set up a free consultation. There is no obligation.By Steve Watrel | Steve Watrel, P.A.