There is something thrilling about buying a new house. Yes, the mortgage might be a bit daunting, and yes, hiring movers (or doing it yourself) can cause some anxiety, but it’s still exciting. You pore over every document from the bank, review the inspection reports, and do your final walkthrough before the realtor hands you the keys – thrilled at the start of your new life in your new home.
But what do you do when there are electrical problems in your brand-new home – problems that, in some cases, are still unresolved? Problems that leave some outlets non-operational, or could potentially lead to a house fire? That is the issue homeowners in the Charlotte, N.C. and Fort Mill, S.C. are facing. As Action 9 reports, “Five homeowners in five neighborhoods in the Charlotte area are accusing a contractor for one of country’s largest home builders, Lennar Homes, of having electrical problems in their homes…. The five are not suing Lennar Homes, but all five are suing McDonald Electric in Fort Mill, the electrician Lennar hired to wire their homes.”
What is wrong with the electrical work in these homes?
For some homeowners, certain outlets simply do not work. Others experience flickering lights. The most dangerous reports, however, come from one family who heard a “pop” while in their kitchen. When another electrician came over to inspect the sound, the family saw burn marks in the outlet. According to BuyersAsk.com, there are a handful of reasons why an outlet might have burn marks on it, such as:
- Old age
- Dust build up
- Circuit overload
- Faulty wiring
- Loose wires
- Physical damage
McDonald Electric declined to comment, but Lennar issued a statement claiming “that within the list of ‘violations’ there are no Life Safety or Critical Issues that should cause any concerns. For the most part, the ‘violations’ are not even a violation of the National Electrical Code. Where there is an issue with the home, the fix is relatively easy and quick.”
This “quick fix” is in contrast to what some homeowners have experienced. The homeowners told Action 9 that they “acknowledge McDonald tried to fix the problems, but said they’re still having issues and that, in some cases, it’s been going on for years.”
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC is seeking justice for these homeowners
An electrical fire can lead to the loss of your home. That is why McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC is proud to be co-counsel in four filed class actions on these cases. We will fight on behalf of these homeowners, as well as any others who come forward citing the same unresolved electrical problems. Our skilled team of class-action attorneys in North and South Carolina is here to help you when you need us most.