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Condo owners frustrated by slow pace of construction defects repairs

Residents of the San Matera condominium community wonder when repair work on their homes will resume and then be completed. They have already waited nearly two years for repairs to the extensive damage done by water intrusion caused by construction defects and design flaws in many of the property's 676 units.

The community sits about a four-hour drive east of Sarasota in Palm Beach Gardens.

Earlier this year, work came to an abrupt halt when the repair contractor - a Fort Myers-based company - walked away from the project in a dispute over pay.

Work has not been completed anywhere in the 100-acre complex, a news report stated. Some buildings are without stucco, though a resident said some structures have little but sheets of Tyvek for protection rather than the intended stucco.

Repairs to leaking roofs, improperly sloped porches, windows, incorrectly installed metal lath and stucco began in 2017 after the after a $22.5 million settlement was reached between the condo owners association and the builder and dozens of subcontractors.

After a construction defects lawsuit was filed and settled, the repairs contractor began work. Repairs continued for a year and a half until the pay dispute.

Some residents are also frustrated by what they describe as inadequate communication and updates by the condominium association's board.

A resident said a letter-writing campaign convinced the board to share information, but that the news "was no more than what we had already found out from the court documents or figured out on our own."

Construction defects disputes can certainly fray nerves, but an attorney experienced in helping clients successfully navigate the process can make all the difference. You can discuss your defects issues with a Sarasota lawyer experienced in resolving a wide range of construction disputes.

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