Can homebuyers rely on proper building code inspections?

By Deborah Goonan

These reports are becoming more common, now that owners of housing built in the boom years of 2004-2007 are discovering construction defects. The video below features a common defect in Florida: bad stucco that cracks, allows moisture to get inside homes, causing mold and dry rot on wood framing.

The infuriating part is that many of the units in this townhouse community built around 2007 have numerous building code violations, despite the fact that Hillsborough County inspectors signed off on the shoddy workmanship.

Watch the video to find out why one former inspector resigned from his job, and how many inspections each staff member is expected to do daily.

Your tax dollars at work.

Homeowner says proper building inspections may have helped prevent nightmare
Former inspector says county staff is overworked
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