California residents might benefit from understanding more about the different types of construction defects that commonly occur. Most construction defects may be classified as subsurface deficiencies, construction deficiencies, material deficiencies or design deficiencies. These defects may be described as shortcomings furnishing the planning, design, inspection, supervision, construction or observation of construction when there is a quality of work that is beneath the buyer's reasonable expectations.
One of the intricacies about construction litigation is determining who is liable when construction defects or deficiencies are found. Because most general contractors enter into contracts that agree to guarantee their work, but also agree to defend other subcontractors, engineering firms or similar companies, one might assume that the liability would usually fall upon the general contractor. It all depends on the contract that was signed, though, and one example of this is the current legal wrangling in progress in the Yolo County Superior Court in California.
The SOMA Grand, a 22-story building in San Francisco, California, is known for selling all 246 residential units very quickly - even in a very tight housing market. The high-rise was built in 2009 and according to a lawsuit by many of the residents filed recently in the California Supreme Court, there are many construction defects. In addition, the lawsuit alleges building standard violation.