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KB Homeowners say insurance will not pay claims

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

Ashely Delph's little girl's bedroom has been a construction zone since December.

"Thereare carpet tacks exposed, carpet rolled up, stinky, gross," she said.

8-on-your-side began investigating shoddy construction here at the Willowbrook condos 10 months ago.

Builder KB home vows to fix all the problems, but it has started construction on just four of the 51 buildings.

It could take years to finish them all. And if living with all of this isn't painful enough, now, just as we enter the hurricane season, residents are learning their homeowner's insurance has changed. The insurance company says it's not covering claims caused by the construction defects.

"It's scary," Delph said. "Like what do you do if you can't get insurance? Our house blows away in a hurricane, and we're out of luck?"

Scary, indeed. Especially when you consider what we found last fall when a contractor took our camera through one of the stripped down homes: no hurricane straps.

We checked the original building plans and found the type of strap approved wasn't used in the unit we toured. A KB Home spokeswoman says that if straps were left off, it was the mistake of a subcontractor and will be added now.

And sure enough, we found contractors installing straps late last week. So does that mean all of these buildings lack the proper hurricane protection? if so, what will happen if a storm does it here?

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