Vail Daily letter: Construction defects |

Vail Daily letter: Construction defects

Jeremy Rietmann did a letter “Money talks” in the April 10 Vail Daily. He is upset because of the present laws dealing with homeowner claims for defective construction. There has been a lot of activity in political and legal circles because, it is claimed, affordable housing can’t be built in light of the threat of litigation over defects.

Rietmann complains that “the current law simply makes it too easy for homeowners to sue over defects.”

There is no doubt about the number of claims by the owners of single-family residences and townhouse and condo units. It boils down to shoddy plans, work and materials.

Maybe the foundation is cracking, or the roofs are leaking, or the utility systems don’t work right. The developers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, mortgage brokers and Realtors have already gotten their pieces of the action, and won’t be willing to help. The building inspectors and other government personnel can’t be sued for malpractice. What remedy should the buyers of these residences have?

If the construction was done right in the first place, there wouldn’t be this problem.

Terry Quinn

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