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Organizing your community to bring public attention to builder’s bad deeds and seeking assistance from local, state and federal elected officials has proven to be more effective and much quicker for thousands of families. You do have choices and alternatives.  Janet Ahmad


Outrageous! Buy a New Home - Don’t Sue and Shut Up
Homebuilders will stop at nothing – Now Buyers must agree not to Speak

Beware of New Builder Clause – Homebuilder requires that homebuyer sign clauses forcing buyers to give up their constitutional rights.  It’s a decision between constitutional rights and the American Dream. 

SEE: KB Warranty Conditions - Sign A Shut Up Agreement or No Repairs
PLUS: It's Your Choice, Homebuilder Contracts - Hold Harmless

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Florida:builders leave behind half-built homes
Sunday, 21 May 2006
Same old problems hit home builders
The latest installment in the perpetual story of involves Coral Bay Construction of Spring Hill and was first reported in the Times April 30. Coral Bay filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection on Friday, which is the same day that the Hernando County Sheriff's Office announced it is investigating the company to determine if company officials have committed grand theft or lied to clients.
Another Shattered Dream
Tuesday, 09 May 2006
Central Harbor Homes under investigation
Liz Medina and Leigh Ann Zipp did their research. They talked to their friends. And when they finally signed on the dotted line to have their new home built, what had once been a dream began to unravel. Pasco-based Central Harbor Homes started construction at their shady lot in Ridge Manor, but it wasn’t long before work on the site came to a halt. 
Troubled Contractor
Sunday, 12 February 2006

Troubled contractor should not have been certified In Jacksonville
In December, contractor David Vickers filed for bankruptcy leaving several of
his clients out in the cold. However, Vickers is still working.

Palm Beach Post Special Report
Friday, 30 December 2005

The hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 flattened screen enclosures, costing millions.  Faulty designs and lax inspections contributed to the damage. LOOSE REGULATIONS TEAR INDUSTRY APART, ENCLOSURE DESIGNS FLAWED, THE COST OF REBULDING, PILE OF PROFIT, MORE REGULATIONS NEEDED.

Jacksonvill Inspectors missing 40%
Monday, 31 October 2005
City fails homeowners - Home inspectors missing 40%
At least four out of 10 homes built recently in Jacksonville have not been fully inspected by city officials responsible for assuring proper construction, an analysis of records by the Times-Union shows.
Contractor with an attitude
Saturday, 22 October 2005
Investigation turns up violations for contractor
There was supposed to be a frameless shower, recessed lighting, new windows in the bathroom and kitchen – and new appliances. All of these things, Jackson says, were not done;and that was just for starters... with the floor not level, the toilet leans forward..."Her expectations are sky high, and there's no way to meet them.” He also said that Jackson got exactly what she paid for...Code Enforcement says there are complaints against Vickers on 41 projects in Jacksonville alone.
Flordia's former head of state licensing agency investigated
Wednesday, 12 October 2005
Former DBPR head facing inquiry
Tallahassee lobbyist Cynthia Henderson once headed the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the state agency that licenses construction contractors. But the agency, acting on an anonymous complaint, is now investigating whether the remodeling of Henderson's kitchen for the upcoming show "Capital Dish" was done by contractors not licensed to practice in Florida...Just three months after Gov. Jeb Bush first appointed her to head the regulatory agency in 1999, she flew to the Kentucky Derby on a corporate jet owned by a restaurant chain her office regulated, and she was later criticized for firing four lawyers and an investigator who were probing complaints of poor workmanship by a construction company run by the head of the Florida Home Builders Association.
No State Agency to regulate builders like Robert Tidwell
Thursday, 26 May 2005
Chorus of complaints against builder grows
The list of complaints against a Kaufman homebuilder profiled in a recent News 8 investigation grows, but the individuals making those complaints aren't getting help from state regulators or law enforcement officials. When News 8 talked to homebuilder Robert Tidwell earlier this month, we had no idea how many people were mad at him. See WFAA Video: Byron Harris reports - See related story: The Partington's
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Catching up on the Florida Corruption News
Friday, 03 December 2004
St Petersburg Times Staff Writer

LaBrake, wife, guilty on all counts

Steve LaBrake, former Tampa housing chief, and his wife Lynne, have been found guilty as charged of taking a series of bribes and gratuities to build a 4,200-square-foot home and, in turn, steering millions of dollars in U.S. HUD contracts.

Unskilled Labor Leads to Flaws
Friday, 03 October 2003
Homes often are rush jobs, critics assert
Fast work by subcontractors' unskilled labor leads to flaws
Sentinel/WESH inspections of 406 homes built during 2001 discovered hundreds of examples of poor-quality construction: concrete-block walls that had little or no mortar in the joints; stucco so thinly applied that the outline of the blocks underneath was visible; air-conditioning ducts bent at such sharp angles that almost no cool air could get through; metal-frame windows jammed into crooked openings in the wall. Such carelessness is the result of building too many houses too fast, with workers who have little training and not enough oversight, builders and hired hands say. Adding to the problem is the fact that many workers can't speak or read English, or decipher a blueprint...By some estimates, illegal migrants, mostly Mexicans, make up half of the 50,000 people in residential construction in the region. The 2000 census found only 10,000 Hispanic construction workers, a number considered ridiculously low by many in the trade. READ MORE...
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