On the morning of June 16, subcontractors for R.C. Pacific Construction Inc. were working on the frame of a building in Foster City that is slated to be a Carl's Jr. According to a spokesperson with the California Division of OSHA, a portion of the structure collapsed on the workers when a truss, a component used to support the roof, collapsed around 10:30 a.m.
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Structural deficiencies and design defects have caused a brand-new high school football stadium to close, even though it has been open for less than two years. The community in Texas spent $60 million on the new stadium and no one anticipated any reason for the stadium to be closed to the public.
Chinese drywall has been used in many homes in the United States. In fact, more than 20,000 homes reportedly used Chinese-made drywall. Unfortunately, this type of product has been linked to health issues and electrical defects. A new report by the federal government shows that Chinese drywall can be defective and pose risks to a person's health.
When your home or business has construction defects or design flaws, you can end up facing significant costs to repair the damages and any safety issues caused by these defects and flaws. What can you do to help pay for the damage to your home or business property?
When San Bernardino County agreed to an expansion project for the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, they weren't anticipating any additional costs to their set budget. The project added new beds to the detention center and increased the square footage to more than eight acres to address overcrowding in prisons. Despite the plans the county agreed to with the contractor, they've found out the hard way that construction defects and flaws can wreak havoc on your budget.
Many families in California are interested in building their new home versus buying a home that was built several years or decades ago. As more new homes are being built throughout the state, some homeowners are finding defects in their homes despite only living there for a few months or years.
When you purchase your home, you don't expect the property to be riddled with defects that can lead to expensive repairs, damage and stress. When developers are building a property, they are supposed to follow standards and build a property that will not have defects.
Owning a home offers a sense of pride and accomplishment for many homeowners in California. When you bought your house, you probably were happy and excited about having a place of your own. Due to the excitement, you may not have noticed potential problems with your home that may have only gotten worse with time.
Can potential construction defects hurt the resale value of condominiums in California? That is the question many condo owners in Dublin, California are probably asking themselves right now. Many homeowners' associations for condos and townhomes in this city have filed lawsuits against the construction company for alleged construction defects. More than half the condos and townhomes listed in the Multiple Listing Service have pending litigation against the construction builder, which is unusually high for one city.
There are several steps that a contractor must follow in order to file a valid lien in California. First, a contractor, subcontractor, or materials supplier must serve the owenr with a Preliminary Notice. The prime contractor (the general contractor) may avoid this requirement if their contract includes a mechanics lien warning. The Preliminary Notice must be served either before work begins, or within 20 days after the work is performed. A Mechanic's lien is not valid unless a Preliminary Notice was properly provided. The contractor must provide the date that work began or materials were delivered.