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Sidebar: Fla. homeowners with building defects have protection

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ADVICE FOR CONSUMERS 

Statement by: Eric Olsen, Interim Chief Investigator for Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency
 
"In some cases that we have received, [a builder] has tried to put the responsibility onto the consumer, citing a lack of regular maintenance on their stucco, but this does not appear to be a legitimate cause of the problem according to what we have seen that was produced by experts in the field. When facing construction quality issues dealing with the structure of a home, its façade, or other issues, we advise contacting a qualified inspector or engineer to inspect the home for any and all current or developing issues. Contacting additional professionals can be costly, but if serious problems are

already beginning to surface on recently-constructed homes, the information they can produce will give consumers a greater evaluation of the condition of the home. In addition, the reports these professionals will produce will provide proof to present to the construction company, and ultimately the court if attempts to resolve the matter outside of court fail. "   

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