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Another Florida condo community plagued by construction defects

We read recently of another Florida condo community facing a wide range of problems with their homes. The St. Maarten at Grand Bay condominium association has filed a lawsuit against Lennar Homes, a Florida-based builder, as well as engineering and architectural firms that provided services to the Doral project.

The condo association says in their construction defects lawsuit that the condos are plagued with defects such as water intrusion. As a result, they are dealing with interior flooding, cracked building facades, incomplete insulation and more.

Lennar and its associates failed to comply with Florida Building Code standards, the suit alleges. They also failed to follow the design plans provided by subcontractors.

Lennar Homes, ranked as the nation's second-biggest home builder, declined to comment on the litigation. Two years ago, a construction industry website listed revenues of more than $12 billion for Lennar, trailing only D.R. Horton's $14.5 billion. The third biggest builder is PulteGroup, a company involved in recent litigation over construction defects in homes in Palmetto, North Port, East Manatee and Parrish.

Lennar finished the Doral condos six years ago and public records show that most of the units were sold in 2013. According to a news report, the developer transitioned control to the condo association four years ago.

The group said it informed Lennar and its contractors of the many defects, but that requested repairs haven't been made.

Alleged flaws in construction and design include incomplete insulation in some bedrooms, flooding inside units, cracked water pipes, exposed building reinforcements, a pedestrian gate that can't be secured, uneven pavement, peeling paint and landscaping that is at odds with designs. In addition, some units have water heaters that lack thermometers and other values: vacuum relief, check values and air relief.

The lawsuit says Lennar and other companies have been negligent and have breached statutory and common law implied warranties and violated building codes.

An engineering firm stated in a court filing that the alleged flaws do not include issues with its plans, which were signed off on by various government agencies.

Readers who are in a condo owners association undoubtedly understand that these kinds of construction problems are not isolated cases. If you encounter potential construction or design flaws in your community, it is important to speak with a law firm experienced in construction defect litigation and learn more about your legal options.

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