A San Francisco Homeowners Association Receives $1.9 Million For Construction
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, Calif., April 17, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miller Law
Firm has recovered $1.9 million for the 888 7^th Street Owners Association.
The 224 unit mixed-use building is located near the San Francisco Design
Center and was completed in 2008 with nearly 80% BMR or below market rate
units. James. E. Roberts-Obayashi Corporation and A.F. Evans Company developed
the building and by 2010 the building began to notice visible construction
defects. The common areas showed visible signs of water intrusion, window
failures, roof leaks, metal corrosion and cracking in stucco and exterior
walls, along with plumbing and mechanical issues.
According to Thomas E. Miller, CEO of The Miller Law Firm, "Like many
buildings completed in 2008, this builder declared bankruptcy shortly after
the project was sold. Associations do have rights to proceed against
insurance companies for these bankrupt entities, which many consumers may not
know. While bankrupt builders take little or no interest in a case or its
outcome, their insurance companies will hire counsel and experts to defend
their positions and construction defect claims are ultimately paid."
Jonathan Schaefer, President of the board of directors of the Association,
states, "We knew the builder was bankrupt but we also knew that the
Association would be better off pursuing a claim against their insurance
rather than using our own reserve funds or owner assessments. While it is
unfair that large builders are able to walk away from all of their
obligations, we are just grateful that the funds we did receive will help
restore our community."
According to Rachel Miller, Senior Partner of The Miller Law Firm, "What was
so genuine about this building is the close knit community that the owners
shared. A predominately Cantonese speaking community, our firm created a
translation program to communicate to the owners with letters and updates.
Respecting the interests of each unit owner with this program helped alleviate
the fear of the unknown while educating the community on the ongoing
investigations and the final recovery."
Thomas E. Miller and Rachel M. Miller of The Miller Law Firm
(www.ConstructionDefects.com) are the co-authors of, "Home and Condo Defects:
A Consumer Guide to Faulty Construction," (Seven Locks Press, 2012), available
Detailed information regarding this case can be accessed via the San Francisco
Superior Court website at www.sfsuperiorcourt.orgcase number CGC-10-500938.
Media Contact: Rachel Miller
SOURCE The Miller Law Firm
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