As Atlanta construction litigation lawyers and Georgia home defect attorneys we see many clients who believe they have no recourse for construction defects discovered a year or more after project completion.
Many builders claim – and homeowners believe – that Georgia’s mandatory one-year warranty period excuses them from responsibility for defects that are discovered or occur after the one-year period has lapsed. Fortunately, this is not the case.
In most situations, the warranty does not preclude a homeowner from filing a claim against a builder or contractor based on construction defects. In fact, one of the most common ways to be compensated for a construction defect is to file a “breach of contract” action. A breach of contract may occur when a builder fails to construct a home in a “workman-like fashion”. Types of defects include, but are not limited to, the use of substandard building materials, non-compliance with industry standards and incomplete or poorly completed work.
If you discover one of these defects in your home, you may have up to six years, sometimes more, to file a construction defect claim based on breach of contract. O.C.G.A. § 9-3-24. By filing a breach of contract action, you may be able to recover the financial losses you have experienced because of the construction defects in your home and be compensated for any additional costs to repair your home.
The fact that the one-year warranty period has lapsed should not affect your claim. Further, in many cases the warranty will not be applicable if the home is defective from the start. Thus, the existence of a warranty will not bar you from pursuing damages against builders and contractors.
Homeowners need to be wary. Many builders will try to use the warranty as a way to deny responsibility for defects and discourage homeowners who have discovered significant construction defects from contacting an experienced Georgia construction defect attorney. If you believe your Georgia home has construction defects or significant problems, you should have it inspected immediately by an experienced architect or engineer. Further, hiring an experienced Georgia construction lawyer is a critical step in protecting your rights as a homeowner.
Our firm welcomes the opportunity to be of service to you. Please call our Firm at (404) 467-8611 to discuss your options. You can also send us a message through our confidential Web Site form. The Libby Law Firm is conveniently located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, Georgia near the intersection of Piedmont and Roswell Roads.