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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.

Florida homeowners association prevails in construction defects suit

A Florida homeowners association recently prevailed in an important legal battle over serious problems plaguing a 24-unit townhouse development. A federal court rejected an argument made by an insurance company that construction defects in the Jacksonville townhouse development are not covered because the flaws were found after completion of the development.

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.

Labor shortage plays part in rise in Florida construction defect claims

Those who pay attention to news about the national construction industry and the industry here in Florida know that despite the so-called boom in the building business, it is also an industry plagued with an ongoing labor shortage. Developers, general contractors and subcontractors are in many cases unwilling to slow down the pace and take fewer jobs, reluctant to pass up enormous profits available during healthy economic cycles.

Part III: Steps to take after discovering a construction defect

As regular readers of our Florida Legal Blog, you know that in a recent post we described some of the steps owners of a condominium plagued with construction defects should take to ensure that the flaws are fixed or fully compensated for.

Part II: Steps to take after discovering a construction defect

As regular readers of our Florida legal blog know, we recently discussed in this space steps that condo owner associations should take after discovering design or construction defects. Taking these steps can help to ensure that your organization gets the problems addressed by the developer or contractor or that owners are compensated.

Steps to take after discovering a construction defect

Years go by from the moment a Florida developer decides to build condominiums to the moment the project is finished and units are put onto the market. A sense of relief typically washes over the developer, general contractor, subcontractors, designers and others who were deeply involved in the venture. But that feeling can be fleeting.

Things to think about if you're buying a preconstruction condo

A spacious open floor plan. Large glass windows that look toward the stunning blue waters of Florida's Gulf Coast. Luxurious high-end finishes throughout. It's a dream property. The only downside is, it is not actually built yet.

A key to avoiding construction defects: inspect and inspect again

While the Florida construction industry continues to thrive, it is important for all developers, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, suppliers and others in the industry to pay attention to the fundamentals and ensure that projects are not only profitable, but safe and sound for their bottom-line customers: the public.

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