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Defect Dateline Articles

The Construction Defect Dateline is our series of articles and other information which is specifically oriented towards homeowner boards or community managers. Most articles in this section are provided in PDF format, which requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

SB 800 - Minimum Performance Standard for New Housing
Holding Meetings and Record Keeping for Claims Under SB 800

El Nino 2002/03 Update
Homeowners Beware – Scientists Predict A Severe El Niño this Winter

Association/Property Management Liability You're Not Immune!
Associations have a duty to respond to and promptly investigate homeowner complaints

Construction Defect Litigation and the Apartment Industry
Construction Defect Litigation and the Apartment Industry

Mold, the New Menace
What is mold and how is it dangerous?

When your Association Needs First Aid Don't Just Give it a Band-Aid
Temporary repairs may simply mask deep-seated and more expensive construction problems.

Expansive Soils
What are expansive soils and what damage can they cause?

The Ten-Year Statute of Limitations
The Ten-Year Statute of Limitations, and what homeowners should know

Lessons Learned from the Building Boom of the 1980's
Will history repeat itself...what have builders learned from the building boom of the 1980's?

Selling a Home in Defect Litigation

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What Our Clients Say
"Made the Board feel confident and well informed at every turn"
Construction defect litigation is a long and arduous task, and Mr. Dicks and his team made the Board feel confident and well informed at every turn.

- Lennard Anclam – President of The Board of Directors, Serena Owners Association

Verdicts & Settlements
"Westpart Tiempo Community Association $6,850,000.00"
Developer: Confidential
This 396-unit project located in Irvine experienced numerous defects including roof, window and balcony deck leaks. Additional problems included deteriorating stair stringers and landings, among other items.
Settlement - $6,850,000.00
Duration - 13 months
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