Somerset Chase Homeowners Association alleges townhomes violate building codes

Article Courtesy of The Record

By Jenie Mallari-Torres

Published July 19, 2017


ORLANDO – A homeowners association alleges that the property was negligently constructed and violates state building codes.

Somerset Chase Homeowners Association Inc. filed a complaint on June 16 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Orange County against CalAtlantic Group Inc., also known as CalAtlantic Homes and formerly known as The Ryland Group or Ryland Homes; and Ryland Homes of Florida Realty Corp., alleging violation of building code, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the Somerset Chase townhome community in Orange County was constructed by the defendants. The plaintiff alleges that it has suffered and continues to suffer damages caused by defects and deficiencies of defendants in the construction and attempted repairs of the property, including violation of applicable building codes, architectural defects, fire-safety defects and several other defective construction practices.

The plaintiff holds CalAtlantic Group Inc. and Ryland Homes of Florida Realty Corp. responsible because the defendants allegedly breached the implied warranties by creating, causing and failing to identify the construction defects.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for damages, incidental and consequential damages, litigation costs and for any other relief the court deems just. It is represented by Jason W. Bruce, Robert L. Simon, W. Todd Demetriades and Andrew J. Celauro of Pursiano Barry Bruce Lavelle LLP in Winter Park.