Construction Defect Lawyer in Charleston, SC
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At Sanders Law Firm, LLC, we represent commercial and residential property owners and contractors in all phases of construction disputes in both state and federal courts. With an engineering degree from Clemson University (1989) and a law degree from the University of South Carolina (1992), Thomas O. ("T.O.") Sanders, IV is one of the few attorneys in Charleston uniquely qualified to handle these matters and can ensure that your construction defect matter is handled with knowledge and vigilance it deserves.
Call our proven Charleston construction defect attorney at (843) 573-8828 today. We're ready to help you explore your options.
South Carolina Construction Defect Law
In South Carolina laws, builders are provided with an automatic right to cure or dix construction defects discovered by owners. The "right to cure" gives contractors an opportunity to fix any of the construction errors within a window of time before the property owner can file a suit. S.C. Code Ann. §40-59-810-860 states that homeowners have 90 days to notify the construction company in writing with defects found on the property that were originated with the construction work. In response, the construction company has 30 days to offer repairs to the defects at no cost or offer a financial settlement to the property owner.
Construction Defect Disputes in Charleston, SC We Handle
- Apartment-to-Condo Conversions: Faulty workmanship and defective construction are common. Every homeowner and every unit in the entire development may be affected. In addition to defective construction, developer-related issues may include inadequate reserves at turnover, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud.
- Construction defects: Water intrusion, mold, electrical problems and heating and air problems are all signs of faulty workmanship and defective construction. We represent homeowners, commercial property owners and condominium associations in actions against developers, design professionals, suppliers, contractors and subcontractors of all trades.
- Contract disputes: We work to resolve these matters using diplomacy, mediation and arbitration to keep your project moving forward. When necessary, our litigation expertise is applied to obtain the best results in court.
- Mechanic's Liens: One who has worked on a property has 90 days from the last date worked to file and serve a lien to collect money owed. Otherwise, this right is lost. The prevailing party may be entitled to recoup attorney's fees and costs. We represent contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and homeowners.
- Miller Act Claims: One who has not been paid for materials and/or labor supplied to a federal government project has remedies under the Miller Act.
- Professional malpractice: For and against architects, engineers, and real estate agents.
- Water intrusion & wood rot: Moisture penetration in a building structure without dissipation results in rotting wood and damaged materials as well as mold. Incorrect construction may lead to moisture intrusion in wood, vinyl or wood siding, brick, stone, or stucco.
Other construction defect claims we handle include:
- Foundation issues
- Roof leaks
- Toxic mold
- Below grade walls
- Installation failure
- Balcony/deck failure
- Soil sustenance
- Noise intrusion
If you are a residential or commercial property owner or a contractor dealing with any of the above issues, Sanders Law Firm, LLC can help. Contact us for a consultation with our Charleston construction defects lawyer today!