One of the country’s largest homebuilders is accusing a past subcontractor after multiple complaints sprouted from eight Florida communities.
Weekley Homes is a Houston, Texas-based homebuilder founded in 1976 by brothers David and Dick Weekley.
Weekley entered a contract in 2005 with A & D Construction in Tampa. Per the contract, A & D would install stucco in single-family homes.
Homeowners have been making claims of defects in the stucco against Weekley. They claim the stucco does not comply with building codes and has caused damage to other parts of the homes.
When Weekley reached out to A & D about the issue, there was no response. Weekley asked that A & D defend it in regards to the claims made against the company and asked for the construction company to participate in the matters, address the claims and fund a solution. The company has yet to offer a solution to the problem.
Due to a lack of response, Weekley has been forced to investigate and repair the defects as well as retain a lawyer to represent them against the homeowners.
A & D is being sued on five counts for breach of contract, contractual indemnity and negligence.
Weekley claims the fault does not lie with it, but fully with A & D.
The homes experiencing stucco issues are in Brookwood Buckingham, FishHawk Garden, FishHawk Ranch, Highland Park, Longleaf, Panther Trace and Wilderness Lake Preserve.
The president of A & D was Daniel Gonzalez. However, it was voluntarily dissolved in 2009.
On its website, Weekley boasts it is the “largest privately-held homebuilder in America.” In 1999, Forbes named the company no. 388 in its list of the top 500 Biggest Private Companies. It has made the “Top 100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune. In 2013, it received the award for National Builder of the Year.