Casper WY developer being sued for uninhabitable homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What is going on with all the recent lawsuits involving new construction of homes (and condominiums) on unsuitable soils, and without adequate foundations to support these dwellings? In Wyoming, according to a report in the Casper Star-Tribune, dozens of homes in Mesa Del Sol Addition (West Casper) have allegedly been built with shallow foundations upon land sites with unstable and expansive soil. The lawsuit claims that the developer Continue ReadingCasper WY developer being sued for uninhabitable homes

Can condo owners afford to reconstruct defective concrete foundations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Earlier this year, I passed along some news reports of an epidemic of defective, crumbling concrete foundations in Eastern Connecticut. All of the concrete foundations were poured in the mid-1980s-1998 by contractors supplied by J.J. Mottes Concrete Company. According to state’s construction experts, the cause of foundation failures is traced to the presence of a mineral in the concrete mixture – Pyrrhotite – that starts to expand and break Continue ReadingCan condo owners afford to reconstruct defective concrete foundations?

HOA, Condo Construction Defect News Links (Sept 2016)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A roundup of news reports of construction defects in condominium and homeowners’ associations. MEI Condominium has been trying to collect the money necessary to complete their window repairs for eight years. The insurance company for the contractor appears to be delaying paying the $4.8 million settlement. So the Association is once again fighting it out in court.  Miami Beach condo association sues over alleged defective glass Suit surrounds performance Continue ReadingHOA, Condo Construction Defect News Links (Sept 2016)

CT HOA did not disclose crumbling foundation problem

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Buyer beware! I had to watch and read this report twice. The information is shocking. Imagine buying a what you think is a condo, but it’s not. And then, when you decide to sell your home, the property inspector tells you your foundation is crumbling. The sale is off. To complicate matters, Patti Cucuzzo recently learned that the condo she purchased in 2011 is not really a condo but Continue ReadingCT HOA did not disclose crumbling foundation problem