Residents of a condo community in another state have been fighting with their builder, D.R. Horton, for six years to get various things around their complex fixed. Thanks to a recent court ruling, they will be getting what they want. D.R. Horton, one of the largest homebuilders in the country, has been ordered to pay roughly $14 million to repair the various construction defects at this particular location. As this builder also has a presence in the state of Colorado, this ruling may give some hope to those locally who are dealing with similar concerns.
According to a recently published news article, the residents at the Beach Boulevard condo complex first filed legal claims against D.R. Horton in 2013 after cracked stucco caused water damage to a number of the buildings. There were also issues with windows, roof vents, insulation and balconies, among other things. The company claimed that nothing was wrong with the homes and that it had done quality work, while the residents claimed that the job done was cheap and of poor quality. After a trial in 2016, a jury sided with the homeowners and awarded them millions in damages. The builder, however, appealed, causing this mess to drag out for another three years.
Most homeowners give up when fighting big companies like this. Thankfully, the head of the homeowners association at this particular community was a former judge who was not willing to give up. With the assistance of counsel, compensation was pursued and this builder is now being held accountable for failing to produce quality housing. The repairs will take years to complete, but at least the cost of the repairs will not have to come out of the homeowners’ pockets.
Companies like D.R. Horton may expect the little guy to back down. They may use the system and the expense of litigation to their benefit. Those in Colorado who are dealing with construction defects may not feel that they have a fighting chance, but that is far from the truth. With the assistance of counsel, it is possible to seek relief for one’s losses; it just may take longer than one might expect. An attorney with experience handling construction defect claims can help one seek a swift resolution and maximum compensation.