City, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   If you are in the market for a new or recently renovated home or condo, view the following reports first. Word is beginning to spread across the country, with an epidemic of poor design and shoddy construction, especially prevalent in condominium projects and all types of planned communities governed by homeowner associations. The common theme: housing consumers cannot count on city and county inspectors to prevent construction defects Continue ReadingCity, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

NJ Condo association gets $10 M in landmark construction defect lawsuit

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A legal team from Becker &  Poliakoff recently announced a $10 million award for the Grandview 1 at Port Imperial Condominium Association, located along the shores of the Hudson Bay in New Jersey. A jury award included $9 million from Hovnanian Enterprises, one of the country’s largest real estate developers, plus an additional $1 million from RTKL New Jersey Architects. The case is notable, according to attorneys John Continue ReadingNJ Condo association gets $10 M in landmark construction defect lawsuit

Colorado mayors, builders still hope to curtail construction defect litigation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I wrote about efforts to enact consumer friendly legislation for homeowners in HOAs in Michigan, and efforts by industry trade groups representing home builders, including Community Associations Institute, to neutralize or kill the bill entirely. Michigan HB 4919 was originally drafted to prevent developers from writing anti-litigation provisions into condominium association governing documents. Specifically, the bill aimed to void any governing document requirement for a two-thirds vote of all Continue ReadingColorado mayors, builders still hope to curtail construction defect litigation

A tale of two HOAs plagued by construction defects

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities J Have you noticed a pattern with widely publicized media reports of construction defect settlements? They almost always seem to involve high end condo associations, with owners that can afford to hire the best attorneys to go up against prominent developers and architecture firms. Settlements in the millions create good publicity for construction defect attorneys, after all. But what about owners of modest means, or low-income owners of affordable Continue ReadingA tale of two HOAs plagued by construction defects