When you move into a condo complex or other location that has a homeowners' association, you probably have to agree to certain things up front. By moving into the home, you are usually acknowledging that you have read, understand and agree with the rules governing the HOA.
One of the most common ways government regulations can impact your construction project is through zoning laws. Zoning laws can delay your project, make it more expensive than you planned and, in some cases, make it impossible to complete your project. No matter how you are involved in a construction process -- whether you are a property owner, contractor or financial backer -- understanding zoning laws can help you reach a successful outcome for your project without shelling out unnecessary funds or fighting fruitless legal battles.
Land in Southern California is among the most desirable and expensive in all of California. In addition to there being more demand than supply for developable land, there are numerous issues that can arise during the building phase of a commercial or residential property related to the stability of the soil, proper drainage and compliance with building and environmental regulations.
A construction delay is anything that keeps progress on a project from moving forward, especially if it keeps the project or a milestone within the project from being completed on time. Construction delays aren't good for anyone. They hold up resources and payments for contractors and vendors, and they keep project owners from working to earn on their investments.
With El Nino making it more likely that California residents and businesses might experience water damage in homes and buildings, it's a good time to get your paperwork in order and understand how you might seek compensation if such damage occurs. One thing worth checking on is whether you have — or qualify for — flood insurance. Flood insurance can help cover any damages from storm water issues.
While an official list doesn't really exist, construction defects can be categorized into four major types. Each type can come with different considerations with regard to liability and lawsuit requirements, which is why it's important to understand what type of defect you are dealing with.
As El Nino batters the landscape with increasingly fierce storms, understanding construction defects that might lead to leaks and water damage can help home and property owners protect assets. If you do experience a leak caused by construction defects, you might have a case for compensation against the construction company or contractor that handled your building or repair.
In recent weeks, we discussed several ways that El Nino could compromise structures or result in construction damage or claims. For certain areas of the city, landslides can become a danger when continuous rain and running water leave the ground beyond saturation. Landslides near your home or other structures can be a serious concern, and poor construction or faulty land management can contribute to those dangers.
Last week, we talked about how El Nino is poised to deliver a lot of precipitation to our area, and how rain and storms can drive flood damage in buildings and homes. If you live in a flood-prone area, flood insurance might be a critical tool in protecting your assets, but there are other things you can do to proactively protect your home from water damage.
With many people talking about El Nino impacting weather patterns in Southern California, many home and business owners might be concerned with the increased risks of water damage to homes. During flash flooding and other water events, water issues can be unavoidable. Other times, construction flaws or failure to follow laws or best practices during renovations or building can compound the risks and issues associated with weather-related water damage.