CONSTRUCTION DEFECT RESOLUTION FOR CONDOMINIUMS IN WASHINGTON DC

Survivors Guide to DC Condominiums Construction Defect Resolution for Condominium Constuction Defect Claims In the District of Columbia, Washington DC, and Maryland

CONDOMINIUM CONSTRUCTION DEFECT RESOLUTION IN WASHINGTON DC

A Guide for Washington DC  Condominiums

Newly constructed and newly converted condominiums in the District of Columbia often contain concealed or “latent” construction defects. Left undetected and unrepaired, defects in the construction of a condominium can cause extensive damage over time, requiring associations to assess their members substantial repair costs that could have been avoided by making timely developer warranty claims.  

This article provides a general overview of how Washington DC condominium associations transitioning from developer control can proactively and successfully identify defects and resolve construction defect claims with condominium developers and builders. Continue reading

THE CONDOMINIUM WARRANTY AGAINST STRUCTURAL DEFECTS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington DC Condominium Warranty Against Structural Defects Lawyers and Attorneys

The District of Columbia Condominium Act contains a statutory warranty that protects condominium associations and their unit owner members from structural defects in newly constructed and newly converted condominiums. The warranty is backed by a condominium developer’s bond, letter of credit, or other form of security from which monies can be drawn upon if the developer fails to make warranty repairs.

This article discusses how the warranty against structural defect works and how to make claims against the developer’s security to fund warranty repairs. Continue reading

DEVELOPER TRANSITION – WASHINGTON DC CONDOMINIUMS

Washington DC Condominium Lawyers represensting Washington DC Condominiums with Developer Transition Legal matters Transition of Association Governance from Developer to Unit Owner Control

Legal Requirements and Checklist

Developer transition is the process by which governance over a condominium unit owners’ association (“condominium association”) is transferred from condominium developer to unit owner control. Below is an overview of the legal requirements in the District of Columbia that govern this transition process as well as a “transition checklist” for unit owner-elected boards of directors that have recently transitioned from developer control. Continue reading

DEVELOPER TRANSITION – MARYLAND CONDOMINIUMS

Maryland and DC Condominium Lawyers and attorneys representing condominiums in developer transition legal disputesDEVELOPER TRANSITION

MARYLAND CONDOMINIUMS

Transition of Association Governance from Developer to Unit Owner Control

INTRODUCTION

“Developer transition” is the process by which the governance of a condominium association is transferred from developer to unit owner control. This article provides a brief overview of the legal requirements that govern the developer transition process for Maryland condominiums. This article also as well as a “transition checklist” for transitioning unit owner-controlled boards of directors. Continue reading

CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS SURVEY RESULTS SHOW THAT WARRANTY LAWS SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED FOR HOMEOWNERS & CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATIONS

Community Associations Institute Construction Defects Report with comments from Washington DC and Maryland Condominium Construction Defect Lawyers and Attorneys

The Community Associations Institute (“CAI”) recently partnered with its members and industry stakeholders to create a survey about construction deficiencies to learn how they impact homeowners and condominium associations.

Click here to view the Construction Defects Report Report containing the details of the responses to the survey.

Click here to see a video presentation summarizing the results of the Construction Defects Survey.

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RESOLVING CONSTRUCTION DEFECT DISPUTES FOR CONDOMINIUM & HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS IN MARYLAND – CLIENT REVIEWS

Maryland Condominium Construction Defect Lawyers and Attorneys - client reviews of legal services provided resolving construction defect disputes for Condominium and Homeowner's Associations in Maryland

 

 MARYLAND LAWYERS WHO RESOLVE CONSTRUCTION DEFECT CLAIMS FOR CONDOMINIUM AND HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE & RECOMENDATIONS

The attorneys at Cowie & Mott have a background in both construction law and community association law. We are experienced construction defect trial attorneys and we know the rights of Condominium and Homeowner Associations when it comes to warranties and other legal claims. In fact, Nicholas Cowie is the author of the 2010 legislation that extends warranty rights for Condominium and Homeowner Associations. See  “New Laws Extending Construction Defect Warranty Rights for Condominiums” and “New ConstructionDefect Warranty Laws.” Continue reading

HIGH-RISE CONDOMINIUM CONSTRUCTION DESIGN DEFECTS, A MARYLAND CONSTRUCTION LAWYER’S PERSPECTIVE

High-rise Condominium Construction Design Defects Lawyers in Maryland
CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN DEFECTS IN HIGH-RISE CONDOMINIUM BUILDINGS,

A MARYLAND CONSTRUCTION LAWYER’S PERSPECTIVE

By Maryland Construction Law Attorney

Nicholas D. Cowie

 

The increased migration from suburbs to metropolitan areas has accompanied an increase in high-rise construction, including the development of high-rise condominium buildings. The resulting metamorphosis of urban skylines, such as seen from Maryland’s Baltimore harbor, has also brought with it many complex construction law and construction litigation issues. Continue reading

CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION RESPONSIBILITY TO RESOLVE CONSTRUCTION DEFECT CLAIMS

Can a condominium association be sued by its unit owner members if the board of directors’ negligently fails to timely and properly pursue a construction defect claim against the condominium developer? The Maryland Court of Special Appeals held “yes” in the case of Greenstein v. Council of Unit Owners of Avalon Court Six Condominium (“Greenstein”). Continue reading

TOLLING AGREEMENTS: Construction Defect Lawyers use them to preserve Association Warranty Claims during Construction Defect Negotiations with Developers

If properly drafted, a tolling agreement stops, or “tolls,” the running of the statue of limitations and other time periods aplicable to an association’s legal claims while it attempts to negotiate the repair of and/or monetary compensation for construction deficiencies with the developer and other responsible parties. In short, it is a “time -out” that allows and association to preserve its legal claim so it can focus on settling its claims rather than pursing them in court. Continue reading