LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The owners association for the 36-unit condominium building, located at 4568 West 1st Street in Los Angeles, filed suit today in Los Angeles Superior Court for damages in excess of $3 million related to shoddy workmanship and construction defects. Developed by an LLC formed by Astani Construction of Beverly Hills, the units were marketed as part of a luxury development that was sold in 2003.
Saddled with structural defects, excessive water intrusion, roof and window leaks and ensuing mold inside units, deck failures, and exterior walkway life-safety issues, the board at the Villa Del Capri- 101 S. Manhattan Place Homeowners Association gave notice to the builder six months before filing a lawsuit in the hopes of finding a resolution. The builder was unable to address all of the necessary and serious repairs and, now, the lawsuit includes claims for negligence, strict products liability and breach of contract.
According to the association's attorney, Thomas E. Miller, whose firm, The Miller Law Firm, has recovered over $550 million for construction defect claims, "More builders today are setting up their developer entity as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Oftentimes, home and condo owners don't realize that insurance does exist to cover construction defects even after the builder sells, declares bankruptcy, or just walks away from the LLC it set up to build and sell the units."
EJ Kim, President of the Homeowners Association, states, "We are simply looking for enough funds to fix the problems and reinforce our homeowners' investments in this building. Our homeowners were stunned to discover hidden defects after relying on the builder's representations of a luxury mid-city lifestyle."
According to Karen Kokowicz of CORO Community Management & Consulting, "We contacted independent experts immediately upon receiving complaints of water intrusion and overall building deterioration. Addressing these issues timely was our main priority."
For more information please contact Rachel Miller at (cell) 415-602-1283 or email Rachel@constructiondefects.com
SOURCE The Miller Law Firm