Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram
Search the site

 

D+D News

Main News Page


Top Builder to Pay for Condo Defects

Thursday, May 26, 2016

More items for Building Envelope

Comment | More

A Florida jury has ordered America’s largest homebuilder to pony up $9.6 million to remove and replace defective stucco, roofs and windows in a 240-unit complex in Jacksonville.

Following years of litigation and a 38-day trial, on May 19, the six-member jury found D.R. Horton, based in Fort Worth, TX, negligent when it constructed Heron’s Landing, according to First Coast News.

Duval County Courthouse
© iStock.com / traveller116

The Heron's Landing Condo Association brought the structural defect case against D.R. Horton in June 2013. The jury sided with the association, saying the builder must replace defective building materials.

Heron’s Landing consists of 20 residential buildings that were designed and constructed at different times, according to the original complaint.

Condo Defects

During the trial, condo owners and experts reportedly told jurors that the buildings violated Florida building code provisions and were defective.

Owners complained of leaking roofs, faulty stucco, cracked concrete and improperly sealed windows and sliding doors. Missing paint or paint failures on stairwells were also specifically mentioned in the complaint.

Structural engineers testified that the stucco at Heron’s Landing was "incorrectly mixed, insufficiently thick and improperly applied," according to First Coast’s coverage of the case.

The structural defect case was brought in June 2013 by the condo association rather than the individual owners. The jury award does not include punitive damages.  

‘Landmark’ Case

“There are so many developer/builders that build these complexes, walk away from it, and don’t look back,” Karen Floyd, Heron’s Landing property manager told the news bureau in response to the verdict. “And they’re not ever held accountable. I think this is a landmark case were the builder/developer has been held accountable.”

Plaintiff’s attorneys said “speed and greed” were chosen over quality construction, the report said.

"Each of the defects were either known to exist by defendant during the course of construction or should have been known to exist by defendant through the exercise of reasonable care and after reasonable inspection during the course of construction," the complaint stated.

Builder: Condos are ‘Fine’

The builder argued that the condos were “fine” and that any defects in the complex were isolated or insignificant, the news report said, citing court testimony.

home under construction
© iStock.com / stanley45

D.R. Horton has been America’s largest homebuilder by volume for 13 years, according to corporate literature. Founded in 1978, the builder operates in 79 markets across 26 states.

The company also argued that the condo association was at fault for failing to properly maintain the buildings.

D.R. Horton representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday (May 25); however First Coast News reports that the condo owners and their attorneys believe the company will appeal the verdict.

D.R. Horton faces a similar case over an almost identical development, Windsor Falls, also in Jacksonville. That case is expected to go to trial in September, reports say.

The company has been America’s largest homebuilder by volume for 13 years, according to corporate literature. Founded in 1978, the builder operates in 79 markets across 26 states.

D.R. Horton reported $11.3 billion in annual revenue in the 12-month period ended March 31, 2016, closing 37,755 homes.

   

Tagged categories: Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; flashing; Home builders; Lawsuits; Roofing materials; Sealers; Stucco; Waterproofing; Windows

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Graco Inc.
 
Eco-Friendly Surface Prep
 
• Blast with 92% less dust
• Use less media
• Less containment & disposal costs
Graco® EcoQuip® Vapor Abrasive® Blast Equipment Learn more
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Novatek Portable Air Filtration Systems
 
Air Scrubbers/Negative Air machines for restoration, abatement, dust & odor control, hazardous contaminant removal from job sites to clean rooms and hospitals. Portable, affordable!
 

 
HP Spartacote, a Division of LATICRETE International
 
Fully Integrated Polyaspartic Coating Systems
 
HP Spartacote manufactures a full line of patented high performance resinous flooring systems which offer rapid return to service, outstanding durability and chemical resistance.
 

 
KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
 
KTA Inspection Services
 
Determine Specification Compliance:
• Surface Preparation
• Moisture Content
• Paint Materials & Application
• Aesthetics
Contact: Kevin Brown,
336-386-4000
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2017, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved