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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

WFAA Midlothian Choice Homeowners
Thursday, 10 August 2006

Midlothian homeowners appeal to city for help
And after years of complaints in some cases, an executive with Arlington-based Choice Homes has agreed to meet Monday with Midlothian city staff members to see what can be done to address the homeowners' concerns. Among them are faulty foundations, inadequate drainage, cracked walls, high water pressure and buckling streets... "Look at this," said Mr. Washington, picking up a piece of concrete from his original driveway. "They used chicken wire instead of rebar." ...Janet Ahmad, who heads up HomeOwners for Better Building, a San Antonio-based watchdog group, said residential taxpayers make up the bulk of the tax base and that it's time someone represented them. "Too many cities are influenced by the homebuilders because they bring in the money, but it's the people paying taxes" whose voices need to be heard, said Ms. Ahmad, who attended the council meeting last week.

Midlothian homeowners appeal to city for help


Midlothian homeowners complained about foundation problems.

After complaining for months, disgruntled homeowners in three Midlothian subdivisions went to City Hall for help Tuesday night. They say their builder—Choice Homes—won't fix construction-related problems, including cracks in walls, shifting bricks, sagging foundations, high water pressure, and streets with washboard bumps. "This is not acceptable," homeowner Sherry Freedland told City Council members. "This is affecting the community." Mayor Royce Whatley said the city is trying to pressure Choice Homes while stiffening its own standards.

Byron Harris reports

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