New Handbook Helps Homeowners Seek Legal Resolution To Costly Construction Defects; Important Resource for Protecting Home Values, Say Consumer Advocates

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Thomas Miller

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- "Home and Condo Defects,"
 a consumer handbook that gives homeowners a nuts and bolts strategy for
 recognizing costly and potentially dangerous construction defects and then
 guides them step-by-step through the process of seeking resolution.
     Written by attorneys Thomas Miller and daughter Rachel Miller, renowned
 specialists in construction defect and land subsidence claims, "Home and Condo
 Defects, A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction" ($9.95, Seven Locks Press)
 has won the endorsement of consumer watchdogs in both the government and the
 media.  It is available online and in bookstores.  See
 www.constructiondefects.com.
     Miller estimates that a third of new residential and commercial
 construction has some significant structural defects.  The industry trend of
 using cheaper materials and cutting corners to increase profits and speed up
 production has contributed to the upsurge in claims.
     "The American dream can turn into a nightmare for the family that
 discovers their new home is riddled with problems.  Our goal in writing this
 handbook was to let them know that they can effectively fight back," says
 Miller.
     "Unfortunately, construction defects in homes and condominiums are far too
 common in many parts of our country where residential growth has occurred so
 quickly in the last decade," said California Attorney General Bill Lockyer,
 who praised the handbook for educating homeowners "about the realities of
 construction defects and options they may pursue."
     Sandy Lopez, national director of Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings
 Inc. (HADD), said "to date, a trial of our peers is still the most effective
 and propounding method of holding bad builders accountable."  Harvey
 Rosenfield, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, the
 handbook is "an important resource for protecting home values."    Los Angeles
 Times Columnist, Jan Hickenbottom describes the book as a "comprehensive
 resource for homeowners."
     The Millers are also the authors of the legal textbook Construction Defect
 Law for the Western States.  Touted as "the man who wrote the book on
 construction defects" by the New York Times, Thomas Miller is the pioneer of
 construction defect law and a nationally recognized specialist in construction
 defect and land subsidence claims.
     Rachel Miller is a founding member of the California Association of
 Community Managers.  She speaks throughout the U.S. in community association
 and legal forums on consumer legislation, disaster response, and construction
 defects.  She currently serves on the Consumer Attorneys of California Board
 of Directors.
     "Home and Condo Defects" will be available at airport bookstores, Barnes &
 Noble and other major bookstores in May, or may be ordered on-line at
 www.amazon.com or www.constructiondefects.com
     Since 1981, The Miller Law Firm has collected more than $400 million in
 construction defect awards on behalf of homeowner associations throughout the
 United States
 
 

SOURCE Thomas Miller
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- "Home and Condo Defects,"
 a consumer handbook that gives homeowners a nuts and bolts strategy for
 recognizing costly and potentially dangerous construction defects and then
 guides them step-by-step through the process of seeking resolution.
     Written by attorneys Thomas Miller and daughter Rachel Miller, renowned
 specialists in construction defect and land subsidence claims, "Home and Condo
 Defects, A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction" ($9.95, Seven Locks Press)
 has won the endorsement of consumer watchdogs in both the government and the
 media.  It is available online and in bookstores.  See
 www.constructiondefects.com.
     Miller estimates that a third of new residential and commercial
 construction has some significant structural defects.  The industry trend of
 using cheaper materials and cutting corners to increase profits and speed up
 production has contributed to the upsurge in claims.
     "The American dream can turn into a nightmare for the family that
 discovers their new home is riddled with problems.  Our goal in writing this
 handbook was to let them know that they can effectively fight back," says
 Miller.
     "Unfortunately, construction defects in homes and condominiums are far too
 common in many parts of our country where residential growth has occurred so
 quickly in the last decade," said California Attorney General Bill Lockyer,
 who praised the handbook for educating homeowners "about the realities of
 construction defects and options they may pursue."
     Sandy Lopez, national director of Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings
 Inc. (HADD), said "to date, a trial of our peers is still the most effective
 and propounding method of holding bad builders accountable."  Harvey
 Rosenfield, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, the
 handbook is "an important resource for protecting home values."    Los Angeles
 Times Columnist, Jan Hickenbottom describes the book as a "comprehensive
 resource for homeowners."
     The Millers are also the authors of the legal textbook Construction Defect
 Law for the Western States.  Touted as "the man who wrote the book on
 construction defects" by the New York Times, Thomas Miller is the pioneer of
 construction defect law and a nationally recognized specialist in construction
 defect and land subsidence claims.
     Rachel Miller is a founding member of the California Association of
 Community Managers.  She speaks throughout the U.S. in community association
 and legal forums on consumer legislation, disaster response, and construction
 defects.  She currently serves on the Consumer Attorneys of California Board
 of Directors.
     "Home and Condo Defects" will be available at airport bookstores, Barnes &
 Noble and other major bookstores in May, or may be ordered on-line at
 www.amazon.com or www.constructiondefects.com
     Since 1981, The Miller Law Firm has collected more than $400 million in
 construction defect awards on behalf of homeowner associations throughout the
 United States
 
 SOURCE  Thomas Miller