I came across your website and understand your frustration. I am one of the fortunate homeowners who had and inspection after some alarming items we found after walking the home (Village Builders-Spring TX-Auburn Lakes), and before we purchased the home. I could spend all afternoon going point by point on all the items, they are endless and severe. None more than the pictures we have of 11/12 year old kids hanging tile at our house. We were first alarmed when we walked in on the same age kids hanging drywall, we complained and a half hearted attempt to correct the joints and 'waves' in the wall left some improvement, but didn't fully correct the issue. Lennar states its against company policy to have kids on the job site, but many residents who built in this community have complained of the same thing. The response was "we didn't witness it" so the issue just gets kicked down the road. Then came the kids laying the tile, and this time we took pictures (yes-I have PICTURES OF THESE KIDS DOING MY TILE WORK!!!) The professional inspector noted in his report that the quality of craftsmanship of this home was poor, and done to "not better than an amateur status". The walls are cracking and the walls have ripples, as is the ceiling, almost every door frame is cracked, the garage floor is cracked, (with an active crack that is moving up the wall),the tile is uneven, the walls are crooked, and on,and on,and on!! I have over 133 pictures that tell the story. I hope others don't have to experience the same issues we did. Its time to tell this story...and I will gladly share it so that others can be informed on what is in store for them should they build with Village/Lennar.
April 27, 2012
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Mission District Condo Owners Recover $650,000 for Faulty Construction
In Less than One Year from the Date of Filing a Lawsuit
April 18, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (2012) - Owners of residences at a condominium building in the Mission District have recouped $650,000 for numerous construction defects, including water intrusion through the roof, windows, decks, siding and doors and failures in the plumbing, electrical and mechanical equipment.
The 8-unit residential and 3-unit commercial building at the 3365 20th Street Homeowners Association reached a settlement in mediation after only 7 months from the date of the filing of the complaint in Superior Court. The recovery is being funded by insurance companies for the builder, general contractor and subcontractors.
These units were built in 2001 by R.A.M. Development, Inc. and sold at the height of the market as luxury condominiums by the 3365 20th Associates, LLC.
"Most builders today are setting up their developments as Limited Liability Company (LLC's), folding the company after the project is completed," said attorney Thomas E. Miller of The Miller Law Firm. "Oftentimes, condo owners don't realize that insurance does exist to cover construction defects even after the builder disappears, declares bankruptcy, or just walks away. Many times on smaller projects the developer requires its general contractor to get insurance. And that insurance may have exclusions affecting the coverage. Had we waited any longer to bring this claim, all the general contractors insurance would have been exhausted on another lawsuit filed against it months earlier. It pays to act quickly."
Stephanie Hall, Vice President of the Homeowners Association, states, "We are thrilled that this settlement occurred in less than one year from the time we filed our complaint. It proves that the court system recognizes claims, which can be resolved in an efficient manner. Our Association will now be able to fix the defects that affected our daily lives."
Thomas E. Miller and his partner and daughter, Rachel Miller, of The Miller Law Firm (www.ConstructionDefects.com) have recovered over $500 million on behalf of California Associations with construction defects, and are the co-authors of "Home and Condo Defects: A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction," (Seven Locks Press, 2012), available online at www.amazon.com.
Candlestick Condo Owners Recover $5.2 Million for Life Safety Dangers and Faulty Construction
Dave Holland, President of the Homeowners Association, states, "We are very pleased with this settlement. It provides us with enough to fix the problems, and reinforce our homeowners' investments in this building. If we did not pursue a claim against the responsible parties, our families would have been saddled with a truly enormous economic burden."
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