The good news is that the economy seems to be ticking along and new home construction and remodeling jobs seem to be increasing. But, what do you do when the work you paid for is defective? Here in Minnesota, there are statutory warranties for newly constructed homes and remodeling work (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 327A). You must, however, give the contractor the ability to come and inspect the work and an opportunity to correct the defect before proceeding with a lawsuit. When you think about it, that is only fair to the contractor. You need to follow the obligations set forth in the statute to preserve your warranty claim. Similarly, a contractor needs to be responsive to a homeowner’s notice or face legal action. Don’t let your frustration and anger, and that comment goes to both the contractor and homeowner, get in the way of following the law as to warranty claims. If in doubt, call us. We have represented both homeowners and contractors in these types of claims.
“Quiet Title” is a technical phrase to describe how people can ascertain ownership of real estate. It is a legal theory used when you want to establish that people claiming an interest adverse to yours in real estate do not actually have any interest. It is also a description used when there may be problems with how real estate was deeded in the past and a person needs to establish they have good, clear title to a parcel of real estate. Ultimately, a party is looking for a Judge to review the evidence regarding the title to the property and uses of the property and make a decision as to “who” owns “what” in regard to the disputed real estate. Boundary line disputes, bad legal descriptions, adverse possession claims are just a few instances where it may be necessary to bring a Quiet Title action.
As of January 1, 2014, if you are selling a home in Minnesota you must provide
a Radon disclosure notice. Radon is a silent killer. There are ways to
detect radon in your home and ways to abate the problem. For more
information check out the Minnesota Department of Health’s website: