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
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.