From the Forum – Help! Filing A Structural Warranty Claim?

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Help! Filing A Structural Warranty Claim?

“We have had multiple issues in my condo conversion, mostly related to plumbing. The builder has sent us on wild goose chases claiming the problems to be due to xyz and refusing to fix them when in fact they were often due to improper installations. I recently appear to have a leak in my shower which, after some failed attempts at fixing, turns out to be a bigger issue than I originally thought and might require the entire shower to be pulled out and redone. and which is going to cost plenty.

Prior to this the issues were less expensive to fix, so we just handled them on our own, but given the cost associated with this issue and the inconvenience (not being able to use a shower to shower!) I am going to pursue filing a structural warranty claim. Does anyone have any insights into how I might do so, and tips? Building was registered as an LLC, but builder does appear to have filed a letter with the city for 10% of conversion costs (not sure if the letter is still valid or with DCRA, but building is still under structural warranty period). ”

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  • My condo building went through the same thing a number of years ago and, after significant time and money was spent dealing with the issue, successfully had the developer pay to fix structural issues with the building. We hired an attorney to manage the process (we used Chadwick Washington) and a structural engineer document the issues. In all, I think it took our association around six months to have the engineering assessment done and make the decision to pursue a claim with the city, followed by another year or more for the process to play out. From what I remember, we filed a claim with the city to hold the bond from being released, eventually got the city to send its own engineer out to confirm the assessment, and then the bond was paid out. I’m not sure if the up-front cash that the association paid was reimbursed. There was an individual claim also made at the same time, but I don’t know if that claim was successful.

  • Good luck with that. We had the same issue in our building. The DCRA doesn’t actually verify whether a bond was put up. Builders are taken at their word and there aren’t really any penalties if the DCRA discovers after the fact that they don’t.

  • my lawyer worked with these people. Our developed didn’t post the warranty money but they said they would open an investigation. Nothing has come of it, but at least you can register the issue with the right people.

    Rental Conversion and Sale Administrator
    Government of the District of Columbia
    D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development
    Housing Regulation Administration
    Rental Conversion and Sale Division
    1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, D.C. 20020

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