There are several issues within the garage area. One of them is a leak and water damage along two of four walls. Lennar has determined that the water intrusion issue is caused by improperly installed roof flashing during the construction of my home in 2013. The water damage has also caused extensive damage to the adjoining wall, including making the floor tilt/cave.
Lennar has still not made the repair. There is a concern that mold has developed in the area between the garage ceiling and the upstairs office/retreat and/or potentially in the walls. Here are some of the pictures:
Here is a video showing water intrusion happening in the garage caused by improperly installed flashing during construction. Lennar has admitted the flashing was done incorrectly after a roof inspection but has still not made the repair.
Here is the history on this issue that’s gone on for 4.5 years.
Here’s the summary from all of construction issues I keep in a spreadsheet.
*Note: For simplicity, the Lennar and WCI Communities names here are used interchangeably as Lennar took over WCI in February of 2017.
2013-2014 – First issues were reported to WCI. The initial responses were from Joel Fedora who is now a Vice President of Construction with Lennar.
Late-2014 – Towards the end of the year, I retained Amanda Buffinton (at the time a shareholder at Bush Ross) to start working the legal side of the issues, because nothing was getting resolved. The first Lennar in-house legal response happens around this time.
July 2015 – The case expands and WCI moves the case from in-house to outside legal. The outside legal responses are from this time.
September 2015 – Amanda Buffington files a 558 complaint against WCI/Lennar to start the process of filing a construction lawsuit.
October 2015 – Lennar’s outside legal sends a response to the 558 complaint. Their response was completely untrue. It’s the same attorney who provided the first outside legal response in July 2015.
Garage roof leak and water damage description
There is water damage at the top of the garage exhibited by cracking in drywall and the finish. There is paint chipping away at the garage wall. This condition has recently worsened. One corner looks to be bowed in and there also appears to be water intrusion on the breezeway side. Mr. Fannin demands that WCI repair this issue immediately. There are concerns that the water intrusion could affect structural elements in this area.
Original response to the garage roof leak and water damage Joel Fedora
None – this issue was discovered after the Lennar construction issues began being handled by their inside legal counsel.
Lennar in-house legal response for the garage roof leak and water damage issue
WCI to inspect if there are any signs of water intrusion and test if necessary. If caused by original installation or faulty workmanship, WCI will repair the drywall and repaint.
Amanda Buffinton legal response to Lennar about the garage roof leak and water damage issue
Mr. Fannin will allow WCI to inspect this issue; however, the videos and photos taken by Mr. Fannin recently demonstrate that water is coming from an electrical installation that is the root cause of the leak. WCI should address this issue along with the sagging, uneven roof of the garage. WCI should also perform an inspection to confirm the integrity of the floor of the upstairs.
Buffinton response to Lennar outside legal (prior to filing the 558)
Same as above.
Final WCI outside legal response to 558 complaint
WCI offered to resolve this item but the Homeowner canceled the repair/inspection.
Note: This is not true at all. See: WCI (Now Lennar Homes) Lied in Their Legal Response. Why?
Lennar executive’s response on 5/22/2017
All damage will be addressed, including mold inspections in all areas related to and affected by the water damage.