Saturday, January 21, 2012
Monday, November 30, 2009
We know for a fact that some (if not all) of the affected units at Julia Gardens by Standard Pacific Homes have drywall marked Knauf Tianjin. The company has placed a deadline of Dec 2nd for anyone with any Knauf drywall present in their home to identify themselves for a potential settlement.
You have to speak to your attorney IMMEDIATELY and also determine proof of Knauf in your house with pictures of the inside of your walls. I cut out a six foot by 4 foot high portion in the family room however another homeowner was able to take a picture from the attic by lifting the insulation and looking inside a wall joint in the master closet.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
WE'RE REDUCING ASSESSMENTS FOR HOMES WITH CHINESE DRYWALL PROBLEMS.
As has been extensively reported in the news, some homes constructed in Broward within the past few years contain contaminated Chinese drywall. This drywall -- over time -- emits sulfur odors and seemingly causes visible corrosion to copper pipes and air conditioner evaporator coils. However, until a homeowner contacts our office to notify us, we have no way of independently identifying which homes contain contaminated Chinese drywall. These drywall problems seriously impact the value of these homes. To ensure fair assessments for these damaged properties, we will reduce the building value by 50% -- subject to the owners providing us with sufficient documentation of the condition and agreeing to this resolution for the 2009 assessment. To request this reduction, please contact our Residential Department Manager Bob Zbikowski by email or at 954.357.5880 to notify us if your home has documented Chinese drywall issues.
In the meantime, stay strong! We'll make it through this!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Lori Parrish, our Property Appraiser has decided to give a 20% decrease to the value of all homes with Chinese Drywall for the 2009 tax year. They do not know what they will be able to do for 2010, however.
The correct procedure is to go through the online form as was mentioned below, but you can also call them. I found their organizational chart on their website here: http://www.bcpa.net/Forms/OrgChart.pdf
Lori Parrish's information:
The person I spoke to was:
Please make comments to this post to let us know how your efforts went (anonymously if you wish).
Monday, July 27, 2009
Venetian Village in Ft. Myers, another Standard Pacific community, is confirmed to have Chinese Drywall also.
Just found out through online networking that Venetian Village, another Standard Pacific community, also has Chinese Drywall. This community was finished sometime in 2006.
It has just been confirmed that building #2 also has Chinese Drywall in Julia Gardens. Please see the map below and don't hesitate to let me know (even anonymously) if your building has Chinese Drywall as well so that we can update this information for all of our benefit.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Standard Pacific's Q2 earnings call was today, Thursday, July 23rd at 1 pm EST. After patiently waiting on the call to ask questions about the Chinese Drywall and how it is affecting Standard Pacific in front of their investors, the folks at Standard Pacific REFUSED to allow the questions to be asked. (More on this later after I get some more information from a source back.)
We wanted to ask some of these questions, to which we STILL do not have adequate or ANY answers actually.
· “What is Standard Pacific doing to remediate the homes it has with Chinese Drywall?”
· “We’ve heard that several of your communities have the toxic drywall, how wide-spread is the problem? How many communities and units are affected?”
· “What have you discovered about it since the last earnings call?”
· “Other builders like Lennar are setting aside millions of dollars to remediate homes with Chinese Drywall, is Standard Pacific doing the same thing? If not, then why not?”
· “When will homeowners be able to receive adequate responses to their issues with Chinese Drywall?”
· “When exactly did Standard Pacific learn about the Chinese Drywall issues in their communities?”
· “Have you placed any claims to your insurance company yet and will they be approving these claims?”
· “How long do you expect for remediation to take?”
· “Why has communication with homeowners been virtually non-existent?”
· “Based on information from your last earnings call, Standard Pacific is looking to exit the Florida market. When is this expected to occur and can we be assured that Standard Pacific will not abandon homeowners with Chinese Drywall?”
· “What can you tell us about the remediation protocols for fixing homes with Chinese Drywall? How extensive are they? Do they include replacing not only the walls, but electrical, plumbing, all appliances, A/C unit and ducts, checking below the foundation to see if the lines coming in are corroded, and possibly even re-nailing all of the framing of the home among other items?”
· “How will you be handling the reimbursement of medical expenses due to health effects suffered by this toxic substance inside these homes?”
If there's one small piece of consolation is that they KNEW we were on there! Even if it takes decades, we will be a constant pain in their backside until they do something! This I vow!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
It is very exciting to open this blog officially to the homeowners at Cobblestone! We have more power in numbers! Please feel free to read through the articles and the comments from other homeowners in Julia Gardens that are going through the same issues you are.
If you're interested in helping us to get Standard Pacific's attention, please scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and send me a private email.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I just spoke with a Metallurgical Engineer (Frank Grates from QC Metallurgical, Inc.). He's been dealing with the Chinese Drywall situation for 2 years now and has done many tests on the drywall itself and the components that it emits.
Some of you have asked what the procedure is for mortgage companies to suspend payments. I can only speak to my own experience with Bank of America, but maybe others can reply to this blog and share their own process. So here goes.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
UPDATE: Click here for the latest Contamination News Article.
Monday, July 13, 2009
That was in December 2006, when the couple first bought their three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath townhome in the Coconut Creek development of Julia Gardens. After a few months, they realized it wasn't the cats making the place stink. But the cause would escape them for a few months.
Like as many as 30,000 homeowners in Florida, the Knouffs now know that their home was built with defective Chinese drywall. Lawsuits are making their way through the courts against developers and manufacturers.
The Knouffs finally figured out they had Chinese drywall earlier this year after hearing news reports about the stuff. John crawled up in the attic and looked down at the walls below. Printed on the back was the word "Tianjin," the city in China that manufactured the bad drywall.
The couple got an attorney, Chinese drywall expert Allison Grant of Boca Raton. Grant first tried to get the developer or the lender to fix the home. But so far, no luck. "I'm trying everything, and they're not listening," Grant said.
Julia Gardens developer Standard Pacific Homes has been unwilling to work with the couple. The Knouffs didn't threaten lawsuits or demand big-money settlements -- they just asked that Standard Pacific move them in to one of the unsold townhomes in the 112-unit development until their place can be fixed. John said that only about a third of the townhomes in Julia Gardens are believed to have Chinese drywall, and the new units were built with good drywall. But Standard Pacific wouldn't budge. "They've basically said tough luck," John said.
I reached Standard Pacific CFO John Stevens at his office in Irvine, California. Stevens said: "We're investigating the problem and looking for solutions, but I can't comment at this time." As for the Knouffs, he said: "They should continue to call."
The Knouffs have also tried to work with their lender, JP Morgan Chase. They hoped the international banking conglomerate could see its way into forgiving their mortgage for a few months while the place gets fixed up. That would allow the Knouffs to afford a rental property.
Nancy Norris, a spokeswoman for JP Morgan Chase, said the bank was "going to reach out to the customer and see" about options. Somebody from Chase did call the Knouffs afterward, but so far, nothing has been done to help them.
As if things weren't already bad for the Knouffs, John lost his job recently. He was the beverage manager for a country club in Boca Raton. They're now living off his wife's salary as a nurse. And the stress? It's constant.
"The stress and tension is incredible every day. I don't want to say I'm sitting by the phone, but I keep wondering if somebody is going to do anything to help us? At the end of the day, I know it's all about money."
Homeowner With Chinese Drywall Confronts Builder
|Lisset Sanchez-Schwartz and Ian Schwartz pose outside their newly purchased house in June 2007. They're now on the verge of losing the place.|
For many homeowners suffering with Chinese drywall, it's safe to say they wouldn't mind a chance to confront the builders who installed the defective walls in their homes. A woman from Coconut Creek did just that when she hurled tough questions at the CEO of Standard Pacific Homes on a conference call broadcast live to investors.
A bit of background: Lisset Sanchez-Schwartz bought a townhome in Julia Gardens in Coconut Creek from Standard Pacific in June 2007. She figured out in April that Chinese Drywall was responsible for her corroded AC coils and faucets. Sanchez-Schwartz also thinks it might be be to blame for her new asthmatic bronchitis, which sent her to the hospital last year.
After an inspector confirmed that Sanchez-Schwartz had Chinese drywall on April 14, she moved out the next day. She and her husband, Ian Schwartz, now live in a condo they used to rent out. They've contacted Standard Pacific many times about getting their house fixed, but the company has refused to work with them.
So she decided to confront the company's CEO.
Sanchez-Schwartz comes on at a one hour and 20 minutes into the call. She began by asking Standard Pacific CEOKen Campbell his opinion on Chinese drywall and how it will affect the company.
Campbell sounded stunned. "OK? Um. We. Um. We're looking into it." Campbell recovered a bit and claimed the company has taken a first step: identifying homeowners with Chinese drywall. "Uh, we're in the process of doing a review of all of our properties, uh, across the entire United States." Before he concluded, he pointed out that the company has insurance.
Sanchez-Schwartz hit him with a follow-up. "It seems from everything that we're hearing is that a lot of attorneys are getting involved," she said, sounding confident and not showing how nervous she actually was. "How do you expect to mediate homes that are affected?"
The question stunned Campbell again. "Um. Well? Yeah, the lawyers are circling, as you might expect, particularly given the media, um, the help from the media on the topic." Campbell goes back to the spiel about trying to identify affected homeowners and mentions that Standard Pacific also has attorneys who are trying to figure out who's going to pay.
Sanchez-Schwartz then revealed her interest: "I think I should disclose, just out of fairness, that I am a homeowner with the problem and I am trying to remediate directly with you and not involve a lawsuit. I still have not received any information back. I got on this call because I became very concerned about this issue."
This time, Campbell didn't hesitate to cut things off. "We really don't want to tie up hundreds of people's time on this topic." He suggested that Sanchez-Schwartz should call the company's general counsel, John Babel.
"I greatly appreciate that," Sanchez-Schwartz said. "Thank you so much." Then she hung up.
When Sanchez-Schwartz's attorney, Allison Grant, called Babel, Sanchez-Schwartz says she got the same runaround the company has been giving for months.
Now Sanchez-Schwartz is at a breaking point. Her mortgage company, Bank of America, had given her a three-month break from the mortgage while she tried to negotiate with Standard Pacific. That ends August 1, and Sanchez-Schwartz doesn't have a way to pay two mortgages on her salary as a marketing director for a software company. So she's considering walking away from her townhome.
"I have been through the ringer at this point," she says. "I feel like my life has been ruined."
At least she's got one thing: the satisfaction that she confronted the man responsible for her troubles.