Whether you are the owner or the Illinois construction company handling the project, you will more than likely need to attend to numerous legal and business issues. With so many moving parts involved in construction projects, the potential for home builder disputes is often high. It may be a good idea to take a look at as many of those parts as possible in order to predict from where the more obvious problems could arise.
The prospect of spending hours in an Illinois courtroom litigating a dispute may not be enticing. Even so, you and the other party are unable to resolve your disputes on your own. You need another alternative that provides some measure of formality, yet does not mean airing your disputes in public or spending countless hours and dollars in court. If this scenario sounds familiar, arbitration may be the alternative you seek.
New building projects, renovations and demolitions happen all the time here in Illinois. Developers and real estate moguls may look to your company to handle the construction. The question is whether your construction contracts help or hurt the success of your business.
Even homeowners who spend extensive amounts of time and money planning the perfect home can be affected by construction defects. In many cases, the homeowners are unaware that any defects exist until a significant amount of time has passed, which makes it difficult to hold contractors responsible.
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.
As we have mentioned before in this blog, construction litigation often comes down to the testimony of expert witnesses. Each side usually will bring in an expert to evaluate the alleged defects. They may come up with very different interpretations of the evidence, and it could be up to the judge or jury to decide which expert’s opinion they find most credible.
While most of the construction litigation we discuss on this blog has to do with accusations of work that left the building crumbling or unsafe, that is not always the case. In the case we will discuss today, the plaintiff admits that the building the defendant firms worked on is perfectly safe. Instead, the case is about whether the builders’ work is nice to look at.
When a construction job is large or complex, it is common for more than one company to be involved. The builder hired by the owner may in turn reach agreements with other companies to perform certain portions of the construction. These secondary businesses are known as subcontractors, because they contract with the primary company, known as the general contractor.
There is water in the ground virtually everywhere in Illinois. Builders know how to prevent seepage into their client's property, which can be damaging and expensive to fix. But when seepage does occur, the owner may blame the construction company and seek compensation in court.
A court ruling from outside of Illinois shows how complex dealing with complaints from a condominium’s homeowner’s association of alleged construction defects can be. Homeowner’s associations usually have governing documents, which are open to interpretation and can be amended over time.