Thank you for your reply.
Under California Civil Code
Sec. 900 et seq, a builder owes a duty on serious improvements and remodels. This is for at least ONE YEAR. However, this does not apply if the matter was finished over 5 years ago.
There is a general warranty for 4 years on all contract
But there is a 10 year statutory warranty for structural defects under Ca. Bus & Prof Code Sec. 7091.
What can be done?
1) First, one must notify the contractor in writing and allow
them to inspect, evaluate and make an offer to repair or settle the
2) If the contractor does not respond or does not settle within a reasonable time, one can SUE for negligence in court.
3) Along with #2, one can also file a complaint with the Contractors State License Board at 800-321-CSLB. This may be used as as leverage in negotiation if the contractor balks at responding/settling. See more at Ca. Civil Code Sec. 915 et seq.
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