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What should condo associations look for in a turnover inspection report?

Turnover is a major milestone in the life of Florida condominium communities. At this critical juncture, the baton is passed from the developer to the unit owners. The condo owners' association (COA) takes responsibility for the governance, maintenance, repair and other components of the community.

It's also an important time to address potential defects that may have gone overlooked since construction (or conversion). Defect and warranty claims are time-sensitive. Depending on the type of issue, COAs may only have one year after turnover to raise certain claims.

Key components of an inspection report

As part of the condo turnover process, developers are required by law to provide an inspection report prepared by a qualified engineer or architect. This report must address the components that affect the entire building or community, including the:

  • Roof
  • Structure
  • HVAC systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Sprinklers and fire protection
  • Drainage and irrigation systems
  • Elevators
  • Plumbing
  • Paint
  • Pool/spa
  • Seawalls
  • Parking garages/lots
  • Pavement

The report must detail the maintenance requirements for each of these components. It must also specify their remaining useful life as well as estimated repair or replacement costs.

Identifying defects

As the transition process unfolds, COAs should take the time to conduct their own thorough inspection of the condominium complex - including communal and structural elements as well as individual units.

COA's should seek the services and advice of a good turnover and construction defect law firm to guide it through finding the most appropriate engineer or architect firm to take an independent look. 

If the inspection uncovers disparities from the developer's report - or construction defects that went overlooked - this is a critical time period to identify those issues to demand a remedy from and by the developer or to assure the association is prepared in the event it decides to pursue a claim.

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