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Understanding Your Remedies for Negligent Construction Causing Water Intrusion or Mold in California

As a California attorney with experience in construction law, I've witnessed many cases where homeowners have faced issues caused by negligent construction, particularly water intrusion and mold. These problems not only damage your property, but they can also pose a significant risk to your health. In this blog post, we'll discuss the available remedies when a contractor's negligence leads to water intrusion and mold, and we'll be sure to include set words to help you navigate this complex situation.

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Water intrusion and mold are two of the most common construction defects in California. When a contractor's negligence is the root cause of these problems, homeowners may be able to seek legal remedies. Whether it's a breach of contract, negligence, or a violation of California's Right to Repair Act (Civil Code §895 et seq.), understanding your rights and available remedies is crucial.

Breach of Contract

One possible remedy for negligent construction leading to water intrusion and mold is a breach of contract claim. If your contractor failed to adhere to the terms of your agreement, including the implied warranty of workmanship, you may have grounds for a breach of contract claim. In this case, the set words are "breach of contract" and "implied warranty of workmanship."

To be successful in a breach of contract claim, you'll need to prove that:

1. A valid contract existed between you and the contractor.

2. The contractor breached the contract (e.g., failed to perform the work according to the terms of the agreement or industry standards).

3. You suffered damages as a direct result of the contractor's breach.


In some cases, you may be able to pursue a negligence claim against the contractor. This is another possible remedy for water intrusion and mold caused by negligent construction. Here, the set words are "negligence" and "duty of care."

To establish a negligence claim, you'll need to prove that:

1. The contractor owed you a duty of care (e.g., to construct your property according to the agreed-upon plans and specifications, and in compliance with applicable building codes).

2. The contractor breached that duty of care (e.g., by failing to properly install windows, doors, or other components that led to water intrusion and mold).

3. You suffered damages as a direct result of the contractor's negligence.

California's Right to Repair Act

California's Right to Repair Act (Civil Code §895 et seq.) provides homeowners with a legal framework to address construction defects, including water intrusion and mold. The Act requires contractors to repair defects within a specified timeframe, and if they fail to do so, homeowners can pursue legal action. The set words for this remedy are "Right to Repair Act" and "construction defects."

To invoke the Right to Repair Act, you must:

1. Provide the contractor with written notice of the alleged construction defects.

2. Allow the contractor a reasonable opportunity to inspect and offer to repair the defects.

3. If the contractor fails to repair the defects or fails to respond within the specified timeframes, you may pursue legal action.


Dealing with water intrusion and mold caused by negligent construction can be incredibly frustrating for homeowners. However, understanding your legal rights and available remedies can help you navigate this challenging situation. If you suspect that your property has been damaged due to a contractor's negligence, it's crucial to consult with an experienced California attorney who can guide you through the process and advocate for your best interests

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