(Las Vegas, NV) — Over the past several years, the number of construction defect cases in Nevada has spiraled out of control.
According to Nevada Revised Statutes construction defect means “a defect in the design, construction, manufacture, repair or landscaping of a new residence, of an alteration of or addition to an existing residence, or of an appurtenance and includes, without limitation, the design, construction, manufacture, repair or landscaping of a new residence, of an alteration of or addition to an existing residence, or of an appurtenance.”
With the Nevada Legislature set to convene February 4th, the topic will be discussed throughout with many different parties trying to elbow their way around to gather votes from lawmakers.
The Builders Association of Northern Nevada is one group trying to make changes. Executive Director Mike Dillon spoke with KXNT and explained what the BANN’s focus will be in their legislation.
“It’s going to protect homeowners and secondly it’s going to put people back to work. This is what we need in the state of Nevada from an economic standpoint because construction is the second largest industry in the state.”
Part of the issue from the builder’s standpoint is the building codes, which according to Dillon can lead to unnecessary litigation.
“If you have a building code that says you have to have a nail pattern every eight inches and you had one nail that was 7 5/8, that could be considered a construction defect according to the code.”
Nevada’s construction defect law now requires a homeowner who was involved in litigation to fully disclose all of the defects claimed when the home goes on the market.
In Las Vegas there are over 500 pending cases regarding construction defect.