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Construction defect may spark real estate litigation

Naturally, homeowners in Los Angeles and throughout California take pride in the places they call home. Unfortunately, not all homes are built up to standard. If a home features construction defects that could have -- and should have -- been avoided, grounds for real estate litigation may exist.

Construction defects are conditions in homes that decrease their value. Sometimes a defect is obvious -- for example, the seepage of water. Meanwhile, other defects are not as obvious; in fact, they might become apparent only years after the house was built.

Construction defects may be related to using inferior materials or poor workmanship. Examples of these causes include the improper analysis and preparation of a home site's soil, or poor structural and civil engineering. Common kinds of defects include dry rot, roof or foundation cracks, faulty drainage, improperly functioning electrical systems and mold.

Homeowners who discover construction defects in their homes have the right to file lawsuits against the party or parties deemed responsible. An understanding of the facts that need to be proved will most likely be necessary to prevail in such a case in Los Angeles. A successful real estate litigation claim involving a construction defect relies in part on expert testimony, as experts can evaluate the causes of any claimed construction defects and make the necessary recommendations for remedying them. An attorney will provide the guidance needed to navigate the claim process, working to ensure that the homeowner's rights and best interests are protected each step of the way.

Source: findlaw.com, "Construction Defect FAQs", Accessed on May 12, 2018

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