If your condominium association is having a problem with one or more units in the complex and you believe that it is due to the construction of the buildings, then you will likely want financial reimbursement for the repair costs. However, you may run into problems getting this money. If this happens, you will want to hire an attorney who has worked with construction cases and with issues related directly to condominiums. The following are a few reasons you need this type of lawyer.
They have a knowledge of construction laws
This is a large area of the law and covers both federal, state and local regulations. It takes time and effort to master, and to add to this, the laws can change from one year to the next. The current law may be different from the regulation that existed at the time of the construction of your condominiums. Shoddy construction is often a problem, and construction attorneys understand the expectations of workmanship when building condominiums. They also understand what inspectors should have found during the course of building the condominiums.
They can identify the primary party responsible for the problem
It may be that you want to blame the construction company for the problem your condominiums are having. And if true, sometimes this is the case. But it can also be a problem with the materials that were used in construction. This may partly be the fault of the construction company or it may be the company that supplied the materials. There is also the issue of design. It is not uncommon to have a flaw in the design, and the construction company was only building to the blueprint. A construction attorney can sort through everything to determine who is at fault.
They have experience with insurance issues
You are likely to have an insurance policy that can cover the problem with the condominiums but they may be deflecting the issue. However, it may be the case that the insurance company is responsible for the claim, and the construction company understands this. A construction lawyer will know how to analyze the policy and negotiate with the insurance company. In addition, this type of attorney will also have litigation experience, which gives strength to their negotiating position.
There are many things that can go wrong with condominiums, and much of it can be attributed to the construction phase. Regardless of who is to blame, a construction attorney can discover which party is responsible. They thoroughly understand the laws and can negotiate for a settlement or go to court if necessary. Contact a construction attorney for more information.