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With the devastation and havoc from Hurricane Irma still lingering, construction projects faced numerous setbacks during tropical storm season. One way the construction industry has learned to handle unexpected and unplanned events is to incorporate a force majeure clause into contracts. The term is French and loosely translates to “superior force.” Contracts containing a force…

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A house is more than just a structure. For many people, a home is a place to unwind, have fun with family, and make memories. But let’s say that your house is faced with a construction defect– a scenario that is all too familiar to many homeowners. Construction defects can be time-consuming, expensive headaches. What’s…

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Construction defects can have lingering effects in homes. From causing discomfort to rendering a space unlivable, a single construction error can have widespread consequences and require thousands of dollars to fix. However, it appears that residents of condominiums may experience construction defects more often than their counterparts in single family homes or townhouses, according to…

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Construction Defect Claim When a Florida property owner discovers a construction defect, getting the matter resolved is no simple process. In fact, it seems to be getting more and more difficult. Florida’s construction defect law went through a substantial overhaul in 2015. Among the changes were more detailed written notice requirements for claimants. Now, a…

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Construction defects can occur just as easily in condominiums as they can in houses. Just as the owners of houses have the right to take action, so too do the owners of condos. When a condo owner discovers a leak, water damage, mold damage or any other construction defect, he or she can seek compensation…

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You bought a new home or went through a remodel, only to discover a roof leak, a foundation issue or some other construction defect. You want it repaired and you want compensation for losses. The question is, who do you take action against? Who is responsible for the construction defect? A Tough Question To Answer…

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and a particularly destructive hurricane season, many Florida homeowners are searching for ways to rebuild. For many, that means turning to their homeowners insurance policy. But what happens when the insurance company rejects the claim on the basis that the damage to the home was not the result of…

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In order to do building work on a person’s home or business, most contractors are legally required to have a license. According to a recent Miami Herald article, in Florida, the regulation of the construction industry is determined by Chapter 489 of the Florida Statutes. This governs the licensure of categories of contractors through the Department…

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Mold Damage Mold is one of the most common types of construction defects. If you just bought a house and suspect it has mold, you may be able to prove the construction defect in court and recover damages. Missing the signs of mold could cause your home to decrease in value. If the mold was present…

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A recent decision from Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal shut down an attempt by homeowners to circumvent the statute of limitations in a construction defect case. The homeowners argued that they were not bound by the statute, because the contractor responsible for the defect was not licensed. The court disagreed. This reinforces the need for…

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