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Noticed a construction defect? You may have time to make a claim

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2021 | Construction |

You love the home you bought. You went as far as to add additions and to expand the property, so you could have more room and stay there for life.

It was around a year ago when you had new wiring and flashing added to your extension. You had the roof replaced because it was getting old, and you felt that it could fail at any time.

Now, you’ve noticed the appearance of running water down one edge of the room. How could that happen when your roof is basically new? It appears that the installation was faulty.

If you have a construction defect that comes up many months or a year after installation, don’t think that you’re out of luck. You may actually be able to hold the construction team or subcontractors responsible for any errors that led to damage to your property.

How long do you have to make a construction defect claim?

If you see that construction work that was done to your home has a defect, then you have up to four years to make a claim based on the state’s statute of limitations law. There is also a statute of repose law that makes the absolute limit 10 years from dates listed in the statute.

What this means is that if you find out about a defect five years after construction occurred, you may still be able to make a claim depending on the circumstances. However, you will still need to notify the professionals who worked on your property and give them 60 days to offer repairs or payment before filing a construction defect lawsuit.