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Peninsula II Chinese Drywall

April 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Today the Miami Herald ran a quick update regarding defective drywall from China. The article stressed the importance of the ruling and how it may set precident in South Florida. These cases have lost media attention as time passed; however, to those homeowners affected this is an important issue. In Aventura, the condo Peninsula II struggled with the threat of Chinese drywall. These discovers occured about one year ago. We are not sure what the status of their repairs have been or if their legal efforts have been rewarded. If anyone has an update please post a comment below, thanks.

A 2009 article from the South Florida Business Journal reveals one of the companies wrapped up in the Peninsula mix was Knauf Plasterboard Tianiin – this company conceded in the recent Louisiana case.

“Jeremy Alters, a Miami attorney with Alters, Boldt, Brown, Rash, Culmo, said he has a client at Peninsula II. He has filed dozens of lawsuits for homeowners with defective drywall, targeting builders and manufacturers including Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin.”

“We have confirmed that there is Chinese drywall in our clients’ units. You can have the drywall and not have the smell, but there’s no Chinese drywall I’ve seen that hasn’t resulted in corrosion,” Alters said.

Read More – South Florida Business Journal

The Herald article explained the importance of the recent case and how it might help those in South Florida.

“A federal court ruling in Louisiana could pave the way for thousands of Florida homeowners with defective drywall to collect damages for repairs to their homes.”

In the Hernandez case, drywall manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin conceded that its product was problematic. At issue was how much the Hernandezes should be paid to fix their house.

“It’s a more significant victory because Knauf [Plasterboard Tianjin] appeared in the case and presented their case at trial and had a full opportunity to depose and cross examine our witnesses,” Seeger said.

Read Full Miami Herald Article – Defective Drywall South Florida

You can be sure that many in South Florida will be following this matter every step of the way.

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  • 1 Frank Lane // Apr 30, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I live in Gibsonton, FL and my home was built in July 2008. About half a dozen homes in my neighborhood have defective drywall, so I ordered an inspection from my builder (KB Home). Their inspection consists of doing a visual inspection of the copper wiring in the home, such as behind electrical plates and the A/C coils. My home showed no visual signs such as black soot or corrosion on the piping, so the home inspector was going to write it off as “no defective drywall present”. My 3-yr old daughter has respiratory issues, so I wanted a second opinion. The builder offered a “Level 2″ inspection in which a local environmental agency (Environ, Tampa, FL) comes in and takes drywall samples from the home. They concluded that my home was full of defective drywall.

    So, the lesson here is get a thorough inspection by someone that can physically test the drywall, and don’t just go by visual signs. My home is almost two years old and showed no visual signs of defective drywall. There are a lot of factors that come to play on the rate at which the drywall can start causing erosion on piping.

    Luckily, KB Home is gutting my home and is replacing all of the drywall at no expense to me. I commend KB Home for stepping up to the plate and taking care of their customers. There are a lot of home builders out there that are walking away from the whole Chinese drywall situation and leaving their customers hanging. KB Home has a lot of inventory out there nationwide, and has a reputation to uphold.

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