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Bringing a Construction Defect Claim

  • By: Stephen Lasser, The New York Cooperator
  • Published: August 24, 2016

As more and more new condominium construction projects are built, completed and sold off (as well as cooperatives and homeowners associations, although less common) there has been a correspondingly large number of what have come to be known as construction defect cases making their way through the New York courts.

A “construction defect” case is a lawsuit brought by a condominium on behalf of its unit owners against the condominium’s developer (commonly known as the “sponsor”), and sometimes other parties that were involved in the condominium’s construction, as a result of discovering defects in the manner in which the condominium was built. Some common construction defects include: faulty roof or façade installation resulting in water leaks; defective installation of the plumbing systems resulting in noisy pipes, leaks, or poor water flow; failure to properly submeter gas or electrical utilities; defective installation of kitchen, bathroom or other fixtures inside the units; and defective installation or pouring of concrete resulting in sinking sidewalks or courtyards. Download PDF

About the Author Stephen M. Lasser is the managing partner of Lasser Law Group. He has
focused his practice on real estate as both a litigator and a transactional
attorney for approximately 20 years. Read More