Class action lawsuit over CPVC pipe in condos

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Recently, a class action suit was filed against corporations supplying builders with defective fire sprinkler systems. The suit alleges evidence of a national cover-up of defects, exposing condo and townhouse owners in Florida and other states to risk of personal injury and loss of life. Here’s the news release: Colson Hicks Eidson & Siegfried Rivera File Construction Defect Class Action Lawsuit Alleging National Cover-up of Pipe Defects in Condo Fire Continue ReadingClass action lawsuit over CPVC pipe in condos

Victory for HOA homeowners over American flag display

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog   Another little victory for homeowners. Last week in Chestnut Place Condo Association in Murray, Utah, homeowners were being fined for flying the American flag in front of their homes. The HOA cancelled a meeting at the last minute when dozens of homeowners and the media showed up. The HOA Attorney even made an attempted explanation in defense of the Board’s right to regulate flag diplays. (you can Continue ReadingVictory for HOA homeowners over American flag display

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 Continue ReadingCan homebuyers rely on proper building code inspections?