It isn't just Florida homeowners, condominium owners, homeowners' associations and condo owners' associations that struggle with construction defects. According to a recent news article, even government entities can find themselves locked in disputes with general contractors, developers and others over construction defects.
Regular readers of our Florida legal blog will recall a post earlier this year on the tilting, sinking Millennium Tower, a luxury high-rise condominium complex. The 58-story structure overlooking the San Francisco Bay features gourmet room service, a wine cellar, fitness center, movie theater, swimming pool and more to its more than 1,000 condo residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 construction defect could ruin an otherwise perfect home or property. Defects range from minor inconveniences to issues that require rebuilding portions of properties. No matter what kind of defect you're working with, it's important to know your rights.
Any construction project, no matter how big or small, will (or should) have a contract associated with it.
Construction defects can be a huge point of contention between homeowners and construction companies. They're costly, they're frustrating and there's no guarantee that both sides are going to agree on who is responsible.