Who is responsible and liable for a construction defect?
Under South Carolina law, the developer, general contractor, and subcontractors are all responsible for the quality of your home and are potentially liable for defects in your home. When a developer sells a new home to a buyer, the law provides that the developer is guaranteeing that the home is habitable and free from defects. Similarly, when a general contractor and subcontractors construct a home, the law provides that they guarantee they performed the work properly.
The developer, general contractor, and subcontractors can all be liable together for defects in a home. For example, while a subcontractor may have installed the windows in a home and the developer or general contractor’s employees may not have actually touched the windows, the developer and general contractor can still be liable for defects in the windows.
Homes can also suffer from design defects as a result of improper work by architects or engineers. In those instances, the architect or engineer may also be liable for defects in a home.
Additionally, we sometimes encounter products installed in homes that were defectively manufactured or produced. In those cases, the manufacturers and distributors of those products may also be liable.
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Other Construction Defect FAQs:
- How does South Carolina law protect home purchasers?
- How long do I have to file a suit against the developer or builder for my home?
- How long does a construction lawsuit last?
- How much will a construction lawsuit cost me?
- I did not purchase my home or condo directly from the builder. Do I still have a claim against the builder?
- If I sue my builder, can I continue living in my home or condo while the lawsuit is ongoing?
- If I sue my builder, will I have to go to court?
- If my warranty has expired, does that mean I no longer have a claim against the developer or contractors?
- If the builder or developer that sold me my home, townhome, or condo is no longer in business or is bankrupt, can I still recover for construction defects?
- Is arbitration mandatory?
- What are signs that foundation or settlement problems exist in my home?
- What are signs that problems exist in the walls of my home?
- What are signs that roof problems exist in my home?
- What are signs that water leak problems exist in my home?
- What are signs that window or window leak problems exist in my home?
- What are some of the potential construction problems in roofs?
- What are some of the potential construction problems in walls?
- What are some of the potential construction problems related to foundations, soil, and settlement?
- What are some of the potential construction problems related to windows and window leaks?
- What are some potential construction problems related to water leaks?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of arbitration?
- What compensation can I get from a lawsuit for construction defects?
- What duty does a homeowner’s association have in relation to construction defects?
- What if the builder says there is no problem with my home?
- What is a class action?
- What is a construction defect?
- What is arbitration?
- What is flashing?
- What is mildew?
- What is mold?
- What is wood rot?
- What role do homeowner’s associations play in addressing construction defects?
- What should I do if I find a construction defect?
- Where does The Steinberg Law Firm handle construction cases?
- Who can sue for a problem in a townhome or condominium?
- Who is responsible and liable for a construction defect?
- Why do I need to hire a lawyer experienced in construction issues?
- Why should I worry about construction problems when my builder gave me a warranty?
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