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Construction defects afflict luxury Paseo community in Fort Myers (Part 1)

In some ways, Fort Myers' shimmering, Mediterranean-themed gated condominium community known as Paseo is a huge success. After all, every single one of its homes has been sold.

However, beneath the veneer of financial success lie the stories of condos plagued by construction defects.

One news article about Paseo highlighted the plight of an owner of a three-bedroom condo frustrated by the time and inconvenience of the attempts to fix his home's defects. Paseo's manager has told him to stay off of the unsafe boards reinforcing his second-story balcony, but the owner has to step across the area to use his front door.

That's not the only problem either. "We've had a dramatic spate of water intrusion issues, which were the first indications there was something wrong," the owner said.

The news article points out that this isn't an isolated case of construction defects in the waterfront community: "Other residents have found themselves in similar situations."

The Naples-based developer, Stock Development LLC (along with its sibling, Stock Construction) have filed a number of lawsuits over the defects, suing architects, roofers and many others.

In fact, one of the Stock lawsuits names more than a dozen defendants, including an Ohio architectural firm and a Florida roofing company, arguing that defendants breached contracts and are guilty of negligence and violations of the Florida building code.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the architects and roofers insist that they did nothing wrong. In fact, the architects argue that Stock is "guilty of carelessness or negligence, which caused or contributed" to Paseo's problems.

There is a lot to share about this ongoing saga, so please look for more in coming blog posts.

If your condo association is dealing with similar issues, it is time to reach out to a law firm experienced in construction defect litigation to find out about your next steps to resolve the problems.

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