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Home build KB Home could face legal trouble for construction defects

Since July of this year, the Florida Attorney General's office claims that they have been receiving reports of structural defects in neighborhoods built by KB Homes, a licensed home builder in Florida. A majority of the homes were located in the Willowbrook neighborhood, but now homeowners in this area feel that complaints should be extended to other KB Homes' properties.

According to the complaints, over the past two months building inspectors from Manatee County have allegedly inspected 77 balconies in the condominium community and have ruled 39 of them to be unsafe. News sources also claim that there have been other structural defects reported but there have not been specific as to what the defects are.

According to the director of communications for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, complaints against licensed professionals in Florida are reviewed and a determination is made on whether the complaint has any legal merit. Once a complaint has been determined to have legal sufficiency, it will be investigated.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation says that they have not reported an investigation into KB Homes and that they can neither confirm nor deny whether there is a pending investigation until they have probable cause.

Because of the alleged construction defects, the Willowbrook homeowners have requested that KB Homes buy back their units. KB Homes has refused however, pointing out specifics in its building warranty. In an effort to resolve the issue, the Florida Attorney General's office has forwarded all complaints to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for review.

Source: The Bradenton Herald, "Florida Attorney General's Office forwards complaints about KB Home," Nick Williams, Oct. 3, 2012

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