May 18, 2008 |
Question: I bought a new house three years ago. The structure has concrete block walls and a slab foundation. I've noticed white mineral deposits on some of the interior walls around the doors and windows, and moisture on some walls when it rains. Recently, the Pergo floors buckled, and some electrical outlets are no longer working. I've notified the builder, but he shows no interest or concern. What should I do? By the way, the builder is also carrying the note on the property.
February 3, 2008
Construction defects: A story in the Jan. 27 Real Estate section on construction defects recommended that new-home buyers hire an independent licensed inspector. California does not license home inspectors.
HOME & GARDEN
July 17, 2003
Leaky plumbing, roofs and windows and improper property drainage can result in rot and mold when water gets where it's not supposed to be ("Just a Patch or a Plague?" by Janet Eastman [July 10]). This is often the result of improper construction and building code violations. It is not the fault of homeowners, but blaming them has become a convenient cop-out for builders and insurance companies that well know the difference between a little mold in the shower and mold inside walls from construction defects.
September 29, 2002 |
After months of negotiations between builders, trial lawyers and legislative leaders, Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation Sept. 20 that overhauls the state's construction defects laws. The new law defines defects and spells out builder and homeowner obligations. It also lays out pre-litigation, inspection and right-to-repair procedures, and defines the rules of litigation.
July 4, 2002 |
A Laguna Niguel homeowners association was awarded $7.8 million for damages due to construction defects by Shea Homes, the country's second-largest residential builder. The defects alleged in the Orange County case included leaking roofs, decks and windows, and the accumulation of ground water at the Breakers at Brand complex. Mold was present in 95% of the development, according to the suit. The association's complaint was filed in July 1999 and the trial began in April.
June 2, 2002
Regarding "Newly Built, but Not Worry Free" by Diane Wedner, May 12: Builders need to place themselves in the shoes of their customers. Homeowners trust builders to provide them with well-constructed homes. In return, builders receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from each homeowner. Why should anyone be surprised when homeowners demand properly built homes? Their home usually represents the largest and most important investment they will ever make. The Aas decision, which prevents homeowners from suing builders to recover damages to repair building-code violations before a hazard occurs, is a bad decision.