From the snow-capped mountains in Shasta County to the golden beaches stretching south of Los Angeles, California has an undeniable allure that no other state can claim. Although the state is one of the largest in the country, many sections of it are suffering a housing crisis that is acute enough to make lawmakers in Sacramento and citizens everywhere reconsider housing laws.
Construction is big business in California, and one of the world's largest economies relies on building to expand. As residential and commercial projects get even larger in a state affected by climate change and seismic activity, laws often expand to ensure safety for workers and residents alike.
The prevalence of earthquakes in much of California means that construction has to adhere to earthquake standards. These are designed to make buildings more resilient in the face of a quake than they would need to be elsewhere.
Housing in California isn't cheap -- and it's often hard to find. The population of the state has exploded over the decades and the housing industry is having a hard time keeping up. This forces a lot of residents to endure long commutes -- and high prices -- just to find adequate housing.
Experts warn that it is often difficult for people who do not have training and experience to read lot lines and understand property boundaries. You may have a general sense of where your property ends, but do you know exactly what it stops and the next lot begins? A lot of people do not, so they hire professionals before buying homes or having them built.
Construction contract disputes may arise for all manner of reasons, depending on the specifics of the job itself and the unique contract being used. However, tracking some of the most common reasons helps both contractors and clients understand how these disputes often begin, what can be done to prevent them and what legal options exist when a dispute is unavoidable.
Although people think about property issues as a residential problem, they also impact commercial properties. Property line disputes aren't always pretty during construction projects, as one gas station owner recently found out.
The plans to remove a swath of trees on one side of a Palm Springs golf course have some residents who live near the course up in arms. When the plan was originally announced by officials from the town to remove trees along the 14th fairway at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, many who live in the neighborhood were pleased. One group of concerned residents are now speaking out against the plan.
One of the most commonly asked questions in the construction world is if a construction contract should always be recorded in writing. This is a very important question that should be answered by an attorney with experience in construction law.
The construction industry is a big indicator of the California economy and the country as a whole. If the industry is booming, the economy is stable. If the industry is struggling, the economy is taking a hit. An important part of the construction industry is safety. Defects can happen with construction, which is why we will take a closer look at this topic today.