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Displaced by termites, condo owners sue after being billed $60K each

Their expensive and beautiful ocean views became unavailable when they were told last year to evacuate their condominiums because of termites. Condo owners were told that the wood-devouring insects were damaging their properties.

Even worse, the owners were later billed $60,000 each for repairs and needed upgrades. It seems that two years earlier, the HOA management group had canceled the insurance policy protecting them from termite damage. Now the condo owners association is suing the management group that was responsible for maintaining the termite bond, a newspaper stated in its report on the construction defects litigation.

A Charleston, South Carolina-area condo owner said she and her husband had to foot the bill for their three-week hotel stay while workers addressed the termite problem. She said windows had to be removed and holes were drilled in the walls and that the bugs caused interior damage to their home as well.

The termite control company said it issued repeated notices to the HOA management group that the property must be inspected and that a failure to do so could result in a voided insurance policy. The warnings were ignored and the termite bond was canceled, the company said in court documents.

The president of the condo association says the group has switched management groups, but that condominium owners have been presented with bills for $60,000 each that cover termite damage, prior construction defects and building upgrades that include new roofs, windows and sliding doors.

The fight to protect your investment, your property and your rights begins with a call to a law firm staffed by attorneys experienced in construction defect litigation.

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