Originally suspected as a roof leak, Lennar believes it’s actually water damage from an A/C unit that was not installed correctly by WCI (now Lennar) them in 2013. Although not confirmed, if it is an HVAC issue, it’s one of multiple times this defective and improperly installed unit has caused water intrusion and potential mold exposure issues in the home.
Here is a video showing the leaking, as well as water damage to the area around the tankless water heater.
Lennar 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.
Water damage from leak issue description
There is a leak above the tankless water heater / vent located within the utility room. Mr. Fannin requests that WCI inspect this issue in conjunction with the mold issue on the HVAC unit (see Item No. 14). A number of these issues are interrelated and the issues should be explored together to determine the most comprehensive repair.
Original response to the water damage from leak issue from 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 water damage from leak issue
The picture appears to be condensation. WCI to inspect and advise as this is a new item.
Amanda Buffinton legal response to Lennar about water damage from leak issue
Mr. Fannin will allow WCI to inspect this issue and advise. However, during a recent rain, Mr. Fannin secured video and took pictures to demonstrate that the issue is clearly not condensation. Rather, the issue is related to overall roof issues and the mold on the AC unit.
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
This was not addressed in the Lennar home inspection of ongoing construction issues. This was one of many things that were missed and Mark Metheny indicated would be inspected at a later date according to one of his last emails.
I checked during a heavy rain after the meeting and confirmed in an email to them that there didn’t appear to be water present which would reinforce more a defective A/C unit that is installed in the attic/ceiling area just above.