Minnesota New Home Warranties

Every New Home Comes With A Minnesota New Home Warranty Every time a home is built in Minnesota, the builder provides to the buyer, and all subsequent owners of the home, a Minnesota new home warranty. The warranty guaranties that the home will perform in accordance with the building code. The Minnesota new home warranty applies…

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When Is The Deadline To Bring A Construction Defect Claim?

All Construction Defect Claims Must Be Brought Within The Construction Defect Statute Of Limitations Minnesota homeowners concerned about a construction defect should not delay calling a construction defect lawyer. Delay could cost them their claim. That is because Minnesota law imposes relatively short construction defect statute of limitations on Minnesota construction defect claims. The applicable…

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Contractor Negligence In Minnesota: What You Need To Know

Builders seek to build homes in conformity with local building codes and industry standards. Sometimes their work falls short. If that happens, a property owner may be entitled to pursue a contractor negligence claim. Contractor Negligence Defined Negligence claims are among the most common claims asserted against builders. While the term “negligence” is commonly thrown…

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Minnesota Contractors Must Promptly Pay Subcontractors

Minnesota’s Prompt Payment Statute Minnesota’s prompt payment statute provides that all construction contracts are deemed to require a prime contractor and all subcontractors to promptly pay their subcontractors and material suppliers within ten days of receipt of payment for undisputed services. Prior to its amendment, the statute penalized a party failing to make a prompt payment by…

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A Minnesota Mechanics Lien Surprise! Building A House From Start To Finish May Not Be “One Continuous Project”

Update (November 27, 2012): The Minnesota Supreme Court has accepted Big Lake for review.  Original Post (September 8, 2012): In Big Lake Lumber v. Security Property Investments, Inc. et. al, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a contractor’s mechanics lien can take priority over a previously-recorded mortgage only if the contractor’s work related back…

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Minnesota Court Rejects “Blame The Lawyer” Argument In Construction Insurance Dispute

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected the “Blame the Lawyer” argument.  In Remodeling Dimensions, Inc. v. Integrity Mutual Insurance Co., a contractor argued that its attorney’s representation was so bad as to constitute a breach of the insurer’s obligation to appoint counsel.   As Shakespeare said, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the…

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