For Immediate Release Contact: Representative Cory Mason
November 14, 2011
Rep. Mason Introduces Condominium Owners’ Bill of Rights
‘This bill protects condo owners from shoddy or unscrupulous developers’
MADISON – State Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine) announced today that he is introducing a bill called the Condominium Owners’ Bill of Rights. Rep. Mason described the bill at a press conference held at the Villas of Racine. He was joined by Joe Lourigan, President of the Villas of Racine Association, and other condominium owners from the Villas and Stonefield Village condos.
“I have spoken to dozens of constituents who are homeowners in our community, whose experience as condominium owners has been nothing short of a nightmare,” said Rep. Mason. “Many have faced tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for damage they did not cause, and others have had to deal with developers who retain tight-fisted control of their condo associations. This bill will level the playing field for these taxpaying homeowners and ensure that condo owners are protected from shoddy or unscrupulous developers.”
In 2008, the Villas of Racine Condominium Association sued the developer who built the Villas because of millions of dollars of damage and repairs.
“This bill offers protections that condominium owners have gone without for far too long,” said Joe Lourigan, President of the Villas of Racine. “Current law favors the developers and builders, leaving home owners like myself and my neighbors at the Villas paying the price for shoddy construction, unfinished work, and building defects.”
Lourigan added, “I hope that what has happened at the Villas never happens to any other condo owner. We’ve spent almost three-quarters of a million dollars correcting and finishing work that the developer did not. This bill would have prevented a lot of our headache and financial heartache.”
Homeowners at Stonefield Village have described to Rep. Mason numerous challenges arising from the developer’s control, allowed by current law, over their homeowners’ association.
Rep. Mason added, “While it is too late for this bill to help the condo owners at Stonefield Village or the Villas who have had such difficult experiences, it will help to ensure that other homeowners are protected.”
Rep. Mason is circulating the bill to his legislative colleagues for co-sponsorship today.