The owners of a high end tract home in Encinitas, CA retained Ward & Hagen when they found leaking doors throughout their home, which was built and sold by D.R. Horton. Because the home was sold after January 1, 2003, the new California “Fix It Law” applied. Instead of filing a lawsuit, a demand with a list of the problems was sent to D.R. Horton. The builder inspected the defects, and offered a repair. The homeowners were able to choose a contractor other than D.R. Horton’s people to do the actual work. In the end, the leaking doors were reinstalled and the damaged finish materials were replaced at a cost of approximately $30,000 to D.R. Horton.
If you are a homeowner and are facing construction defects, please contact us for information on how you may be able to force the builder to pay for repairs to your home rather than filing a lawsuit.