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California Home Construction Defect Attorney

Did you discover a leak in your roof? Is the foundation of your house cracking? Is water seeping into your basement? Are the walls or floors bowed?

At the Law Office of Eugene P. Haydu, we are here to help if you are the owner of residential property with construction defects caused by the substandard work of a contractor. Our California lawyer for home construction defects has been representing owners of single-family homes for decades. As a former journeyman carpenter, he also understands the technical issues and challenges of the construction industry.

Depending on your particular situation, your home's designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and other parties may be liable for any housing defects. Our law firm will advise you of your rights and options for recovering compensation for damages and having the defects repaired.

Time Limits For Filing Construction Defect Claims

California law does have time limits, called Statutes of Limitations, that govern the length of time a homeowner has to bring a lawsuit against a contractor or construction company. However, these Statutes of Limitations can differ greatly depending on how old your house is, what kind of construction defect is present and several other factors.

The most important statute is the Ten Year Statute of Repose which says that no case shall be filed more than 10 years after substantial completion of the project or from the date of final inspection. The California Supreme Court has ruled that the statute will run, even if the builder makes repairs during this time.

There is a three-year statute of limitation which applies to tort actions against a builder or developer for construction defects. This statute begins to run only after the owner becomes aware that there is a defect in their residence or commercial building.

Contract actions in construction defect cases have a four-year statute of limitation from the time a person becomes aware that there are defects in the building.

In a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, our attorney will gladly discuss your unique situation and the applicable time limits for filing a claim.

Recovering Damages

In most cases, homeowners are eligible to receive either the estimated cost of repair or replacement, or the amount that the house lost in value because of the construction defect. In some cases, you may also have the right to recover money to compensate for the cost of relocating your family, storing your household goods, paying for expert investigations and more.

In cases of real estate fraud, where the seller intentionally failed to inform you of a defect, you may be able to recover additional money through punitive damages.

Contact Our Sacramento Homeowner Rights Lawyer

To schedule a free initial consultation with the Law Office of Eugene P. Haydu, call our Sacramento office at 916-677-4964, or contact our construction defect litigation attorney via the online email form.

We accept cases on variety of fee schedules including contingency fee basis, hourly fees or a combination of hourly and contingency. All fee arrangements are negotiable and the terms are confirmed before we begin working on your case.


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