This week, 35 residents of The Sabine filed suit against the developers for list of problems that the condo owners say have been ongoing for month. The Sabine is an 80-unit condo conversion project of a mostly-empty office building on Waller Creek into a new condo project adjoining the Hilton Garden Inn on 5th Street near I-35. The project was completed last year although many units still remain on the market.
According to the residents:
– The building seems to have serious elevator problems. In fact, a 12/29 elevator inspection exposed 19 code violations including some that were described as serious safety problems.
– Problems with water leaks, window seals, and sound-proofing.
– Failure to pay property taxes on more than 40 units — a delinquency which may result in additional litigation
While it is difficult to tell how long it will take to resolve these issues, the problems do indicate quality issues for the newly completed condo conversion project. Litigation like this is rare, and shows that residents are angry and ready to revolt. These problems certainly illustrate the risks of being the first occupants of any building. Buyer have little choice but to take the developers word that they will deliver a quality building without cutting corners.
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