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Building Basics with Construction Counsel Patrick Howell

Building Basics with Construction Counsel Patrick Howell

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Shoddy workmanship, whether in a new build or a retrofit, is the bane of any shared ownership community. And trying to avoid or recover from a bad construction job is one of the most important responsibilities a community association board can shoulder.

Host and seasoned construction attorney swap in-the-trench anecdotes about renovations gone wrong and offer insight into the simple ways every HOA or condo board can improve a construction project from the beginning – or survive the necessary legal action when facing the aftermath of defective construction in their community.

Highlights include:

  • An overview of the various parties involved in construction projects, along with an explanation of their roles;
  • The essential items that should be included in every construction-related contract;
  • How to avoid costly mistakes in renovations;
  • When to involve attorneys in your construction project;
  • How to decide whether litigation is the best way to resolve a construction issue;
  • The pros and cons of the lawsuit vs. the special assessment;
  • How much time HOAs have to file construction defect lawsuits;

BONUS: Learn what Patrick believes are the biggest problems in new construction today, and how your community can avoid those headaches.


About Take It To The Board

Think you know what community association life is all about? Think again. Residents must obey the rules, directors must follow the law, and managers must keep it all running smoothly. Take It To The Board explores the reality of life in a condominium, cooperative or homeowners’ association, what’s really involved in serving on its board, and how to maintain that ever-so-delicate balance of being legally compliant and community spirited. Leading community association attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger acknowledges the balancing act without losing her sense of humor as she talks with a variety of association leaders, experts, and vendors about the challenges and benefits of the community association lifestyle.

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