As regular readers of our Florida legal blog know, there is a negative side to the construction boom in our state. Yes, the surge in construction fuels job growth and adds housing diversity, but the boom has also created a shortage in skilled construction workers.
That shortage is a thorn in the sides of general contractors, subcontractors and developers who too often rush construction jobs to cash in on the boom. The result has been a surge in construction defects here in Florida and elsewhere, as news reports make plain.
We read recently about a long list of "construction defects at one of Hawaii's most exclusive condominium towers." Condo owners have filed a lawsuit listing 120 construction defects at the Waiea condominiums. The defects include defective windows and assemblies that apparently "generate loud noises," as well as a deteriorating swimming pool and spa, crack in the concrete in the parking garage and premature weathering on the exteriors of the condos.
The news report about the defects states that "a shortage in skilled building laborers may be at least partially to blame."
The lawsuit states that owners have found that instead of owning property in "one of the most sophisticated, luxurious buildings in Honolulu," they own condos riddled with "dozens of construction defects" that are harming the market value of the expensive homes.
The initial price range of the condos in the 36-story complex completed three years ago started at $1 million and went up to a nearly $36 million price tag for the penthouse suite. At those prices, owners reasonably and rightly expect flawless luxury rather than homes that need repairs.
Condo owners associations have the right to expert legal representation experienced in construction defect litigation that can protect their substantial investments.