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Construction defects plague Miami luxury condo community

When developers announced the sale of the penthouse condo at Miami's Regalia in Sunny Isles Beach, the price and details of its over-the-top luxuries dropped jaws across Florida. The $39 million residence features nearly 11,000 square feet of interior space as well as another 6,000 square feet of terrace and rooftop areas. It comes complete with a pneumatic vacuum-glass elevator to take the owner to the roof, where a sky bar awaits. It also comes with a waterfall cascading into a private pool.

Unfortunately, the condos at the Regalia come with problems as well. Its condo association recently filed a construction defects lawsuit against the developer, architect, general contractor and a number of subcontractors over problems at the 47-story luxury tower.

The lawsuit includes a request for more than $750,000 in damages, a news source reported. Defendants include Regalia Beach Developers LLC, the general contractor Charleville Development Corp. and more than a dozen other participants in the project.

The lawsuit states that an engineering firm provided the condo association with a report that detailed defects in the tower back in November of 2016. The association had the report served to the defendants in 2017 and then served them with a supplemental report this year, the news source reports.

This past August, the association served a notice of claim to the defendants, detailing damage to the lobby and second floor by water intrusion. The suit also describes defects in the glass and glazing systems (these also allegedly resulted in damaging water intrusion), as well as improper installation of the railing and aluminum structure.

The improper railing installation resulted in a glass panel blowout, the suit states, which ended in a shower of glass on the pool deck below.

Defendants have declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Condo associations in similar situations should contact a law firm that can help them understand each step in the legal process. Enlisting a knowledgeable Florida construction law attorney is essential for protecting owners' rights and financial interests.

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