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Lennar Accused of Wind Code Violations on Homes Built After Andrew

March 17, 1994

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ Lennar Corp., which settled lawsuits saying its allegedly shoddy construction increased homeowner losses to Hurricane Andrew, is now accused of building homes with wind-code violations after the storm.

About 80 townhouses built by the company after the August 1992 hurricane fail standards for wind resistance set forth in state building codes and Lennar warranties, according to a Circuit Court suit filed Wednesday.

The suit by homeowners Charles and Carol Brannan seeks class-action status on behalf of more than 500 homeowners with wood-frame houses built by Lennar in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Allan Pekor, Lennar vice president, said Thursday it would be inappropriate to comment on the lawsuit because the company hadn’t received a copy yet.

The alleged building violations involve exterior walls made of gypsum board and siding. The suit charges that Lennar made improvements on new construction after a buyer complained to the Miami-based builder, but the company refused to redo existing homes in the development.

After Hurricane Andrew hit, Lennar paid $2.4 million to settle suits faulting its construction standards. A state probe found building code violations in some Lennar homes but no pattern of fraud.

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