Raleigh Defective Construction and Repair Attorney – Wake County Construction Law Firm
July 17, 2013
North Carolina provides remedies for defective construction, including design flaws, and for breach of any warranty given by that contractor. Warranties are not limited to a typical “repair warranty,” where the contractor agrees to fix the problem. They involve any promise relating to the good – such as a description of the goods or a sample/model — that caused the purchaser to agree to the contract. They also involve the warranty of habitability, that the home or building will be suitable to live in.
There is some question as to how valuable a lifetime warranty is in this state. The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that a homeowner cannot bring a lawsuit for defective construction to real property improvements if the lawsuit is filed more than six years from when the work was completed, unless there was fraud. This bar to recovery exists even if you were not able to determine that there was a problem with the work until more than six years from the point of performance and even if there was a warranty that extended beyond six years. North Carolina courts have ruled that even a twenty year warranty is only good for six years in North Carolina, in terms of recovering damages.
If you are a homeowner or condominium owner with issues relating to defective construction or repair contact the Raleigh construction lawyers at Maginnis Law, PLLC. Maginnis Law also represents contractors in disputes with homeowners when insurance coverage is not involved. Maginnis Law is a civil business litigation firm with lawyers handling defective construction disputes in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Wake Forest as well as the counties surrounding Wake County such as Johnston, Franklin, Granville, and Vance County. For surrounding county cases, we are happy to come to you to meet if you do not want to travel to our office in Raleigh. Contact the firm at 919.526.0450 to schedule a free initial consultation or submit a new case inquiry here.