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Levitt and Sons - Water Intrusion & Mold
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- In August of 2006 after being diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, I was not able to return home. My infectious disease specialist had given me strict orders NOT to return to my house. At a critical time when I needed the support and love of my wife and two children, I was ordered to make other living arrangements. I was struggling with my life threatening illness and now needed to find a new place to live.

All because of an ongoing problem with mold growth in our newly constructed Levitt and Sons home. The mold was caused by continuing water intrusion and the inability, incompetence and unprofessional work by Levitt and Sons to remedy the problem. Yes, our builder attempted to repair the damage, time and time again. They replaced walls, flooring and carpet. They continued to replace and band-aid the damages, but NEVER tried to find the source of the water intrusion. Why are we after two years STILL continuing to have water intrusion in our home? Why after two years has a structural engineer not been obtained to complete this task? Why after two years are we still living with rooms without walls or floors?

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Anonymous on 11/18/2006:
First let me say I am very sorry for your condition and I will keep you in my prays.
I read your story and I used to build houses so I think I could give you some ideas.
1. You live in Florida and the whole state of Florida is built on a giant block of very porous limestone. There are many underground “rivers” that run under Florida.
2. Florida is very, very humid and that in itself is a breeding ground for mold.
3. In the pictures you show a cinder block wall with sheet rock covering it. The cinder block is NOT treated for water and in the envierment you live that is a NO,NO!
4. There are also many artesian well in Florida and your house maybe build right on top off one. That should have been known by the builder before he built the house.
5. All of these things are the perfect breeding ground for molds.
I could go on and on with what the builder did wrong but I think you get the point. Maybe you can get your money back, I don’t know how that part of it works in Florida? That’s what the lawyers are for, I guess? But it sounds like you might think about moving to a dryer climate, like AZ.
I wish all the best and hope you can recover from the disease as well as Levitt and Sons Home Builder they obviously don’t care about where they build a house.
spiderman2 on 11/18/2006:
I too am sorry for all you are going through. Thanks too to Lidman for sharing his knowledge on this. Good luck to you and I hope somehow you can get this straighted out.
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Lack of integrity by Levitt
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- As the case with most home builders, they are cheap, hire the lowest bidder to perform the work to build your house and do not care at all whether you are happy or not. The level of errors from building the wrong elevation to refusing to retile a bathroom with mismatched tile, they beligerantly refuse to make any concessions/compromises and act like they are doing you a favor building you a slipshod house. If you think Levitt is any better than the others, think again. They are just as bad, if not worse when it comes to integrity and satisfying the buyer.
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ejack053824 on 11/07/2006:
Simply don't sign off accepting the house till its done to your satisfaction!! If they don't like it...pull down your britches and tell them to kiss your ass. Your paying for the house..not them!
Anonymous on 11/08/2006:
Integrity and customer satisfaction seem to be a thing of the past. Did you get a lawyer?
Celly on 11/08/2006:
msmith, you and I must be neighbors neighbors.

I too am a member of Levitt Town `Florida Edition`. Levitt and Sons really did take advantage of the housing boom we had here. My house, after taking 2 years to build, still has problems that haven't been resolved from the initial walk through two years later.

Many people say the same thing -- "You shouldn't sign off until it was PERFECT!" -- But Levitt was canceling contracts to home buyers who didn't sign off, and flipping the houses for $50,000 - 100,000$ more. And if you did walk, you were stuck buying less of a home from someone else for a premium. How this is not breaking any laws is beyond me...

In the end our whole community got screwed...
Duppy on 11/18/2006:
I own a Levitt and Sons home that I am unable to live in. Read my story at http://www.levittandsonshome.com.
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