Homeowners in violation of Denver Affordable Housing – Your Next Steps

On March 31, 2018, the city of Denver sent letters to homeowners who are in violation of the 2016 Affordable Housing Plan. Homeowners are being given 30 days to respond to the violations.

History:

In 2016, Denver established a $150,000,000.00 fund to create affordable housing in the fast-growing Denver market. Part of this plan included designating homes to remain affordable by putting a limit on how much the homes could be sold for and placing income restrictions on those who could purchase the home.

On March 21, 2018, prompted by a 9news report, Denver’s Office of Economic Development found that 1,302 homes with the affordable deed restrictions violate the Affordable Housing Plan.

Owners of these homes are now being sent letters notifying them that they are in violation of the deeds placed on their homes and are being asked that they remedy the violations. These remedies could include requesting that the owners of these homes sell their home at a loss.

What to do if you have received a letter:

1) Begin gathering all the documents that you signed at the closing of your home.

2) Consult with a real estate attorney to review all documents pertaining to your home purchase to protect your rights.

3) DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, sign a release unless and until a competent attorney has reviewed it.
We are currently assisting homeowners to review their options with respect to these notices. Our attorneys have vast experience handling real estate matters such as these, and we would be happy to consult with you on how you can best protect your rights moving forward.

If you or anyone you know has been impacted by this issue, or if you would like more information on The Nelson Law Firm, LLC, please visit our website at www.nelsonlawfirm.net, or email or call us at 303.861-0750 or info@nelsonlawfirm.net.

News Articles Featuring The Nelson Law Firm

Women Suffered Miscarriages After Moving Into Homes With Formaldehyde Joists

DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of Colorado families are taking legal action against the company responsible for exposing many of them to high levels of formaldehyde. Now, two women claim they suffered miscarriages shortly after moving into the homes. Weyerhauser floor joists covered in special fire retardant were recalled in July for the release of that known carcinogen.

Colorado families sue over floor joists off-gassing formaldehyde fumes

A toxin painted onto floor joists of new homes in Colorado is at the center of a lawsuit filed last week in Weld District Court. A Denver attorney, on behalf of two Firestone families, sued Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser Company for distributing floor joists coated with a formaldehyde-based resin.

Lawsuits Filed Over Formaldehyde Joists In New Home Construction

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The lawsuits are starting to flow from new homebuyers over a problem with a potentially dangerous chemical that was intended as a safety measure in the houses. A formula was changed in fire retardant placed on joists that support the floor manufactured by Weyerhaeuser, which now contains formaldehyde.

Toxic floor joists at center of Weld County lawsuit

A toxin painted onto floor joists of new homes in Colorado is at the center of a lawsuit filed last week in Weld District Court. A Denver attorney, on behalf of two Firestone families, filed a lawsuit against Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser Company for distributing floor joists coated with a formaldehyde-based resin.

Lawsuits filed over formaldehyde leaking into new homes

DENVER – When a new home is built, buyers expect the best. But there are a number of homes in Colorado causing the worst, according to attorney Mark Nelson. “A pungent smell that irritates the eyes, nose, and throat,” Nelson said. “It’s apparent to anyone who goes into one of those basements, particularly basements that are unfinished.”

What to do if you have been evacuated due to Flak Jacket Weyerhaeuser Floor Joist

The Nelson Law Firm is currently representing homeowners in the Colorado Front Range whose homes were constructed with floor joists that use the Weyerhaeuser product known as Flak Jacket®.  This product contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

Homeowners with the Flak Jacket® joists have been advised by their homebuilders to immediately move out of their homes.  The following are just some of the steps that should be taken by homeowners who have been displaced because of formaldehyde exposure:

  1. If you or your loved ones have experienced any of the following symptoms due to formaldehyde exposure, seek medical attention immediately: watery or burning eyes, nose and throat irritation, wheezing, coughing, breathing difficulties, fatigue, skin rash, allergic reactions, or neurological issues;
  2. Keep copies of all receipts, invoices, and payments for medical care, alternative housing, gasoline, mileage, food, and other necessities for future reimbursement by your homebuilder;
  3. Contact your mortgage holder, bank, or lender to advise of your displacement and seek forbearance of your mortgage payments until you are able to reoccupy your home;
  4. Consult with a real estate attorney to determine if the existence of formaldehyde or any proposed “fix” by your homebuilder will have to be disclosed in any subsequent sale of your home, which could affect your homes’ property value upon re-sale;
  5. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, sign a release unless and until it has been reviewed by a competent attorney.

We are currently assisting homeowners to obtain fair compensation from Weyerhaeuser, homebuilders and other potentially liable parties.  Our attorneys have vast experience handing real estate and construction defect cases, and we would be happy to consult with you on the real estate and construction issues you are now facing.

If you or anyone you know has been impacted by this issue, or if you would like more information on The Nelson Law Firm, LLC, please visit our website at www.nelsonlawfirm.net, or email or call us at 303.861-0750 or info@nelsonlawfirm.net.

The Nelson Law Firm Represents Clients Throughout the Country Who Have Been Exposed to Formaldehyde

Weyerhaeuser Flak Jacket Floor Joist

The Nelson Law Firm is currently representing homeowners throughout the country whose homes were constructed with floor joists that use a Weyerhaeuser product known as Flak Jacket®, which contains formaldehyde.

Weyerhaeuser issued a press release on July 18, 2017 acknowledging that this issue affects all Weyerhaeuser joists manufactured with the Flak Jacket® product after December 1, 2016, which has or will impact at least 2,200 newly constructed homes.

Homeowners who have moved into their homes with the Flak Jacket® coating on their floor joists have been advised to move out of their homes and to seek medical attention for any symptoms arising from exposure to the product.

Symptoms can include watery or burning eyes, nose and throat irritation, wheezing, coughing, breathing difficulties, fatigue, skin rash, allergic reactions and neurological issues if exposure occurs at elevated levels.

The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a probable carcinogen, and the National Cancer Institute has reported that formaldehyde exposure is associated with certain types of cancer in humans.

Homeowners have been advised to immediately move out of their homes by numerous national home builders, but have largely been kept in the dark about what repair, if any, can be made to solve this problem and how they are going to be reimbursed for food and lodging, mortgage payments, medical expenses, loss of home value, and loss of use of their homes, all of which are compensable under Colorado law.

We are currently assisting our homeowner clients to obtain fair compensation from Weyerhaeuser, homebuilders and other potentially liable parties.

If you or anyone you know has been impacted by this issue, or if you would like more information on The Nelson Law Firm, LLC, please visit our website at www.nelsonlawfirm.net, or email or call us at 303.861-0750 or info@nelsonlawfirm.net.