No one buys a new-home
looking for a lawsuit--
-- but more often
than not, that is exactly what homeowners face. It often seems that once keys are in hand, that friendly builder is
nowhere to be seen should problems arise. Many tell us that their builders simply refuse to respond, and when they do, they
are simply bombarded with Band-Aid-on-bullet-wound repairs, such as paint and caulk that often hide more serious
What are our elected
officials doing about this?
Siding with Builders.
Enron and others
have robbed citizens of retirement security. Unscrupulous homebuilders and their lobbying efforts are taking what little we
have left to rely on as average citizens, the family home. When construction defects, predatory lending schemes and arbitration
are party to this investment, it becomes a painful, expensive burden for the homeowner and their family.
It is too big a
blow to the public to lose the stability we had in homeownership. We aren't free in America, we are led by the nose or prodded
to believe we are, when in fact we are corporate cattle who have been sold time and again to the highest campaign contribution.
Nothing new under
The building industry
has had ample time to address defective housing. In 1979, then federal trade commissioner Elizabeth Dole, a Republican, addressed
the National Association of Home Builders in Nevada and told them their substandard building and unscrupulous business practices
would one day catch up to them. She was wrong. Homeowners and their communities now pay the ultimate price.
new-home construction and remodeling is a growing national problem. Many homebuilding firms are taking advantage of lack of
government oversight as well as non-enforcement of
existing consumer protection laws and building codes.
Regardless of regulatory licensing agencies, (about
half the states dont even license home builders), there is little enforcement and or accountability to assure sound residential construction.
When the building
industry is ready to take responsibility for those in its industry who cut corners, rather than legislate to erode consumer protection and our cherished rights to a trial of our
peers as provided by the Constitution, we will see
If we allow
industry to take away our constitutional rights, then we have allowed our soldiers, 9/11 victims and numerous other Americans
to die in vain. Our saddest, most heart-rending letters are from veterans who live in deficient homes, and are receiving no help from our government even though regulations exist that would
appear to protect them. They are at a complete loss
as to what they were fighting for.