California residents may have civil remedies available to them when they suffer injury, loss or damage caused by structural or other construction related issues. These issues could develop either during the construction of a property or after the building work has been completed. This kind of legal action may be brought on behalf of either property buyers or sellers, and it is frequently the result of pertinent information being withheld during the sales process.
You may be able to pursue such a claim if you have discovered defects such as cracked foundations, pest infestations or electrical or plumbing issues. Hazardous conditions caused by mold, asbestos, radon or other toxic substances could also be grounds for this type of claim. Property owners in California are required by law to disclose the presence of toxic substances, and you may wish to consult with an attorney experienced in this area if you are selling a piece of real estate and have any questions regarding these regulations.
If you live in California, you probably know that the state must cope with frequent natural disasters including forest fires, earthquakes, landslides and floods. Owners of a property are required to alert buyers if the property in question is located in an area susceptible to these hazards, and a natural disaster is often the catalyst for a construction defect case. You may be considering such an action after an event caused significant damage to your property while neighboring structures escaped relatively unscathed.
If you feel that you may have suffered a loss due to an undisclosed hazardous condition or defective construction practices, you may wish to consult with an attorney familiar with this area of law. If you would like more information about your rights and available remedies, please visit our construction defects page.
Source: Law Office of Bryan R. Snyder, APC, "San Diego Construction Defect Attorney", October 15, 2014