In Florida, swimming pools aren't just a luxury; they're almost a necessity. Building an in-ground pool can add significant value to your property and provide a refreshing escape.
For those eager to see the blueprints of a project evolve from sketched images to an inhabitable structure, the construction process can seem endless. It's often tempting to push deadlines and provide financial incentives to hasten the process along. However, those seeking too quick a turnaround may end up disappointed when it comes to the end quality.
Insurance is one of those things that is great... in theory. It helps you pay for expenses that would cause you to take a serious financial hit or might be unable to cover on your own. Let's face it, your paycheck probably doesn't cover a new roof - even if it does, you've got other bills to pay.
When you live in Florida, it is hard to keep track of the names for tropical storms and hurricanes. Since 2010 alone, Colin, Joaquin, Erika, Arthur, Andrea, Sandy, Isaac, Debby, Beryl, Lee, Irene, Bret, Nicole, Earl, Bonnie and Alex have all swept through the area.
As a Home Owner Association (HOA), HOA board member or community housing management company, following up on construction defects would fall under your purview. Florida law, under Statute 720 and the Rules of Civil Procedure, authorizes an HOA to bring construction defect claims on behalf of its members.
Having a home built to your specifications is one of the greatest dreams anyone can achieve. You can specify details, from the types of built-in appliances in the kitchen, to the number of bedrooms, to the bathroom facilities.
Buying a home is a wonderful time for a person. Purchasing a new home brings on a sense of stability, accomplishment and pride to the home buyer. Owning your own home is, after all, part of the American dream.
Multiple class action law suits have been filed in federal court against KABA, one of the world's largest manufacturers of keyless locks mechanisms. KABA's keyless lock mechanisms are used in both residential and commercial applications and have been sold throughout the country, including Florida. The cases have been combined into a multi-district litigation in the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio as Case Number 1:11-md-02220-DCN. The lawsuit alleges that KABA has manufactured and sold a defective lock that can be opened by placing a certain magnet in front of the lock. The manufacturer has acknowledged the defect but the issue of what to do about the locks that have already have been sold and installed is yet to be resolved. One of the concerns when litigation of this sort is brought is the potential exposure of the defect to people with a criminal intent. The use of the magnet to open the locks, as expected, has now appeared in videos on the internet. It has been suggested by the plaintiffs, that owners or associations responsible for buildings which contain KABA keyless lock mechanisms should be made aware of the defects by the manufacturer. However to date, no large scale notification has been sent. The complaint alleges specifically that locks sold under the trade names Unican and Simplex in the 1000, 3000, 5000, 6200, 7000 and 7100 series are defective.
A warranty period in the context of condominium and homeowner association construction warranties is the finite period of time that the quality of a particular building component is guaranteed by a developer, general contractor, etc. A statute of limitations in the context of a warranty claim is the period of time during which a claim on the warranty must be filed in court to preserve the warranty claim. These time periods are often confused. Hopefully, this post will help clarify the matter.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Article on several of Levin Tannenbaum Clients with Chinese Drywall Issues - for homeowners dealing with Chinese-made drywall, the concerns grow more urgent with the arrival of a new child.