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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

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Good Morning American - Bubble Trouble - NAHB says up to 400,000 homeowners are not happy
Friday, 10 November 2006

New Home Woes: Shoddy Construction - Elizabeth Leamy reporting
Complaints about home builders increased more than 50 percent in five years Two million brand new homes built a year and 90% of buyers say they are happy; but if you do the math that means that 200,000 new homeowners are not happy. Jerry Howard with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said and few as 80% of homeowners are happy. Doing the math that would mean that  as many as 400,000 new homeowners are not happy.  Consumer complaints about builders have gone up by 50% according to the Better Business Bureau.  Structurally unsound, leaking water, undersized, are examples on problems... Cross out Mandatory Binding Arbitration Clauses in the contract they deny you the right to sue your builder in a court of law.

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$1.5Mil Settlement for UNC Dorm Mold
Monday, 22 May 2006
UNC system settles N.C. Central mold case
...contractors who designed and built  the dorms, which had to be closed in 2003 because of mold. They eventually were gutted and rebuilt...The mold caused the displacement of 500 students, who were housed in Durham hotels for the school year.
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North Carolina family may be out of luck
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
Shoddy construction leaves family out of dream home and out of luck
A report released Tuesday by the N.C. Public Interest Research Group, highlights the Gilberts’ story and that of others who have fallen victim to faulty construction by builders statewide.  In 2001, Gilbert hired Ross-Markham to build his home after meeting a contractor recently hired by the company, which was constructing a savings and loan building in the area.The wall height violated the building code by a foot and in one place by more than 10 feet. Gilbert hired two engineers to survey the home and was told the building materials were misused. The family was encouraged to evacuate the home if winds ever reach more than 60 mph because the roof would likely collapse.
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Homeowners’ Bill of Rights
Wednesday, 05 April 2006
Consumer Group Releases Report Detailing Serious Gaps In Homeowners' Rights
NCPIRG North Carolina Public Interest Research Group - Homeowners’ Bill of Rights
 
Outstanding WRAL 5 Report
Wednesday, 05 April 2006
Wayne County couple's Dream House Turns Into Nighmare
WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. --
A recent report from the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) highlights what it calls "deficiencies" in the system that keep homeowners from protecting themselves. PIRG said contracts often take away the buyer's right to sue. They also claim government agencies do not do enough to protect consumers. One Wayne County couple knows about these problems first-hand... Lisa and Paul Daniels thought they did everything right when they hired their builder. See the Daniels Uninhabitable house
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North Carolina Group Pushes Homeowners' Bill of Rights
Wednesday, 05 April 2006
Group fights for homeowners' rights
“In the face of defective construction, homeowners have virtually no ability to protect their investments,” said Rob Thompson of the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group.NCPIRG is pushing for a homeowners’ bill of rights...The bill of rights would hold builders accountable for defects for up to 10 years.
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N.C. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog
Wednesday, 05 April 2006
Homeowners in a loophole jam
Watchdog lists gaps in N.C. law that leave owners vulnerable
The Richardson family had been in their new Union County house for several years when the floors separated from the walls. The foundation was sinking...It's one example of a gap in state homeowners' rights outlined Tuesday in a report released by the N.C. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog. The report listed loopholes in state laws that leave homeowners vulnerable.
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NCPIRG Home Repair Victim
Wednesday, 05 April 2006
Don't Be A Victim: Home repair contractors
A report out says the law makes it easy for building contractors to take advantage of home owners. North Carolina's public interest research group (NCPIRG) is pushing for stricter requirements for contractors across the state.
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Gary Jackson's Crusade for the Little Guy
Thursday, 30 March 2006
Lawyer crusades for the little guy
Gary Jackson is a man Big Business loves to hate. Jackson started working on cases involving homes built with a defective synthetic stucco that let moisture into the walls. When his new firm split up, he said, he cashed out his 401(k) to continue with the stucco cases and took out an equity line of credit on his home to pay bills. He moved, with the stucco lawsuits, to a Raleigh firm and in the late 1990s through 2002 settled nearly 300 such cases for about $25 million... He's also working with the N.C. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund to craft what the group is calling a Homeowner Bill of Rights. Among other things, the proposed legislation would extend the statute of limitations for when people can sue for home defects to 10 years from its current six. The group plans to unveil details next month.
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