Condominium and Home Warranty Law

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District of Columbia and Maryland condominium associations and homeowners may have implied, contractual and statutory warranties against construction defects.  Consumer protection laws may also protect purchasers against defects not disclosed at the time of sale. Coverage may continue for a period of one, two, five, ten and, sometimes twenty years from purchase.  Different legal claims apply depending on the nature of the defect, the location of the property and the time since purchase.

If your new home has defects of any kind, contact the builder promptly.  If your condominium has defects in common areas, report them to the condominium association promptly.  If you are a condominium association, you have a legal obligation to address defects in common areas that may cause further damage.  The first association board to take control from a developer may have additional obligations to determine whether defects are present and to address them before applicable deadlines pass.  Early identification of defects and early presentation of warranty claims are the best way to ensure that the defects are remedied at the lowest cost to the owners and association.

If you are not able to resolve the claims quickly, you would do well to seek legal advice and evaluation by construction professionals. The key to achieving a successful resolution of a construction defect claim, regardless of whether that claim is based on warranty rights or consumer protection laws, is to take action to enforce those rights before they expire.  If you have a dispute about a defective home or condominium, the DC Consumer Law Group can help you.

In the course of our work we have come to appreciate the following:

  • Seriously defective construction is unfortunately common. Among the defects often found in residential projects are poor flashing, window defects, inadequate ventilation of crawl spaces and attics, improperly sloped roofs, decks and balconies, improperly installed plumbing systems, excessive sound transmission between units, poorly installed waterproofing, and inadequate soil preparation;
  • It is often exceedingly expensive to correct;
  • If the repair of the defective construction is unreasonably delayed, the physical damage caused by the defective construction significantly increases and so does the cost of the corrective work; and
  • It is common for defects to remain hidden until long after serious damage has already taken place inside the building envelope and valuable association rights already have been lost or otherwise compromised.

Condominium associations and homeowners are not always aware of their rights when their projects are impacted by defective construction.  Associations may not know how to remedy the defective conditions or how to compel the project’s developer to address them.

Waiting too long can make the defects worse and can cause warranties and legal rights to expire.  If your home, or your condominium development is leaking or is otherwise defective, contact the lawyers at DC Consumer Law Group.  We can help you understand your options and pursue your rights.

The attorneys at the DC Consumer Law Group, PLLC are available to discuss your legal issues during an initial consultation without fee or obligation. All consultations with our attorneys are confidential. Should you decide to retain our law firm to provide legal services, we offer a variety of billing options including: hourly legal services and contingency fee representation based on the outcome of litigation in select cases; and (5) hybrid arrangements customized to your needs.

At no charge to the association, DC Consumer Law Group will:

  1. Meet with homeowners or Association Board members by phone or video to discuss the owner’s rights and time limits to exercise those rights.
  2. Provide an online, unit owner’s survey which allows an owner to identify any problems in doors, windows, floors, electrical and mechanical systems, landscaping, etc.
  3. Assist you in contracting with construction individuals to evaluate the extent of defects present at your site.

After the initial consult, DC CLG Offers hourly, contingent and hybrid fee arrangements.

If you have a claim of this kind, please call us at 202 288 5643 or complete this form below and one of our lawyers will contact you. No charge for the initial consultation.

    Did the seller disclose the defect(s)?
    Was a seller's real estate agent involved?
    The attorneys at the DC Consumer Law Group, PLLC are available to discuss your legal issues during an initial consultation without fee or obligation. All consultations with our attorneys are confidential. Should you decide to retain our law firm to provide legal services, we offer a variety of billing options including: hourly legal services; contingency fee representation based on the outcome of litigation in select cases; and hybrid arrangements customized to your needs.

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