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Consumer Fraud Act Claims Against Construction Companies in New Jersey

Posted by James Kridel | Aug 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you are a homeowner suffering damages related to poor construction or other construction or building violations, you may have a valid consumer fraud claim against your construction company.

Our experienced consumer fraud construction lawyers in New Jersey can investigate the situation that gave rise to your complaint against the construction company and determine whether the construction company's conduct might constitute fraud under the applicable law.

In New Jersey, this includes not only the Consumer Fraud Act, but also the New Jersey Home Improvement Act, which covers most home construction and remodeling. If your construction company claims to have been compliant with the Consumer Fraud Act, they may still be in violation of the New Jersey Home Improvement Act. Our experienced construction fraud lawyers can analyze the details of your case in relation to both laws.

What is the Consumer Fraud Act and how does it apply to construction companies?

Homeowners have a reasonable expectation that hired construction work will be conducted in a safe manner and will adhere to accepted industry standards for quality and care. To deter consumer fraud, construction companies found guilty of violating the Consumer Fraud Act can be assessed treble damages in addition to being ordered to cover the homeowners' attorney's fees.

Common construction claims under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and Home Improvement Act

There are numerous potential claims under the New Jersey laws protecting homeowners in construction company disputes. Some of the most common claims our Firm's experienced consumer fraud attorneys see include but are not limited to:

  • Shoddy work and poor craftsmanship;
  • Incomplete work;
  • Missed deadlines;
  • Failure to start work after taking deposit;
  • Errors in foundation of structure;
  • Mold and other toxins;
  • Disputed contracts;
  • Lien disputes;
  • Subcontractor disputes;
  • Fraud, deception, and misrepresentations;
  • Leaks in the roof or windows;
  • Saltwater and saline intrusion into freshwater aquifers;
  • Synthetic stucco;
  • Warranty disputes; and,
  • Poor construction materials.

Consult an experienced Consumer Fraud construction attorney in New Jersey

Unfortunately, while there are many home improvement and construction companies that do excellent work, fraud within the industry is rampant. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs reportedly receives thousands of homeowner complaints each year, so if you have experienced a dispute with a home improvement or construction company, know that you are not alone.

One of our experienced home improvement and construction Consumer Fraud attorneys in New Jersey can help you hold the fraudulent company responsible for its deception. Please contact our offices in New Jersey at (973) 470-0800 and New York at (212) 924-1625 to schedule a consultation.

About the Author

James Kridel

James A. Kridel, Jr. brings a wealth of business, legal, military and life experiences to his law practice. For four years Mr. Kridel served as a special agent for the United States in the field of Counterintelligence, which resulted from his voluntary service with the United States Army during Vietnam. Before starting his own law firm, he was the tax partner at a previous firm.


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