Building Basics with Construction Counsel Patrick Howell, Becker & Poliakoff

Take It To The Board with Donna DiMaggio Berger

Feb 23 2022 • 36 mins


Shoddy workmanship, whether in a new build or a retrofit, is the bane of any shared ownership community. And trying to avoid or recover from a bad construction job is one of the most important responsibilities a community association board can shoulder.

Host Donna DiMaggio Berger and seasoned construction attorney Patrick Howell swap in-the-trench anecdotes about renovations gone wrong and offer insight into the simple ways every HOA or condo board can improve a construction project from the beginning - or survive the necessary legal action when facing the aftermath of defective construction in their community.

Highlights include:

  • An overview of the various parties involved in construction projects, along with an explanation of their roles;
  • The essential items that should be included in every construction-related contract;
  • How to avoid costly mistakes in renovations;
  • When to involve attorneys in your construction project;
  • How to decide whether litigation is the best way to resolve a construction issue;
  • The pros and cons of the lawsuit vs. the special assessment;
  • How much time HOAs have to file construction defect lawsuits;

BONUS: Learn what Patrick believes are the biggest problems in new construction today, and how your community can avoid those headaches.