Dec 22 2015

Repairing Construction Defects at Your Home

By: A. Starkey DeSoto

Whether you are building a home, adding on to your home, or repairing your home (such as replacing your roof), it is important to you that the construction is done properly.  There is nothing more frustrating than discovering that the construction was defective, and now, instead of enjoying your home, Worker repairing the broken stairsyou are left with more problems than you ever wanted.  As a Florida construction lawyer, and a homeowner, I understand how frustrating these situations can be.  If you are in a similar situation, it is important that you follow certain procedures under Chapter 558 of the Florida Statutes before you repair or fix the defective conditions.

First, you must provide the builders or contractors with written notice of the defective condition, and give them an opportunity to inspect the condition and possibly repair the defect.  Second, the builder or contractor may need to notify other subcontractors or suppliers to inform them of the defective condition.  Third, every person that has been notified of the defective condition at your property must respond to you within a certain amount of time.  In their responses, the builders, contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers may admit that they made a mistake and offer to repair the defect.  This is, of course, the best case scenario. However, more often than not, the builders or contractors may tell you that the defect was not their fault, and refuse to take any action to repair the defect.  This leaves you with a defective condition at your home that needs repair, but with nobody accepting the responsibility to actually repair or fix it.

If you have taken the proper steps under Florida law, then you should be able to hold the builder or contractor responsible for the repairs to your home.  You deserve to have the construction or repairs at your home completed properly, without defects.  If you live in Broward County, Miami-Dade County or Palm Beach County, and you need assistance with correcting or repairing a defective condition at your home, please contact a South Florida construction lawyer by calling (954) 764-6766.


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