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Illinois home builder disputes sometimes involve city government

A recent disagreement between a city government and a private community member has made the news. The Illinois home builder disputes involve the construction of a garage roof at a man's home. The city filed a lawsuit, claiming that he was taking too long to get the job done.

The city alleged that the resident had let his do-it-yourself home project languish since permits were issued for the construction in 1975 and 1976. After going to court in 2010, the man is said to have agreed to finish the work by Sept. 2012. He reportedly failed to meet that deadline, and a judge ruled that the city was permitted to install a common roof. The man had said his work was delayed because he was installing a customized, super-insulated state-of-the-art roof.

An appellate panel that recently confirmed a judge's dismissal of the man's countersuit against the city stated that no one has the right to place public health and safety at risk by allowing property to remain in a state of disrepair. Reportedly, all of the necessary work on the garage roof is now complete. A court date for early Nov. 2015 is set wherein the city will attempt to hold the man liable for $95,000 in fines and court fees.

Home builder disputes can be very complicated matters and often necessitate the need for legal help. A person involved in such circumstances in Illinois has the right to retain legal representation before proceeding to court. An experienced attorney would be able to assess an individual case and address any concerns that one might have with regard to applicable laws or options that might be available to achieve a favorable result.

Source: dailyherald.com, "St. Charles homeowner loses another round to the city", Harry Hitzeman, Oct. 5, 2015

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