Two Willowbrook residents file lawsuits against KB Home

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Bradenton, Florida-- While constructions crews continue promised-repairs to poorly-built homes in Willowbrook community, a second lawsuit was filed against builder KB Home Friday.

Both this one and another filed Monday, claim KB Home "fraudulently induced the buyers into entering into a contract to purchase the property - knowing of the structural problems."

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The ongoing 10 News investigation of the problems began in the Manatee County subdivision in 2012 after building complaints were filed about the home building company.

See also: Building complaints about KB Home

Homeowners have been dealing with rotting walls and collapsing balconies on their newer homes -- ranging between just three and six years old.


Nesey Buckley says she agrees with her neighbors' lawsuits, which says KB knew Willowbrook units were prone to water intrusion.

"I closed and moved in -- and only to discover they really didn't fix it," she says.

See also: Construction concerns on site of KB Home repairs

Responding to allegation of negligence, breach of contract and fraud, KB Home released the following statement to 10 News:

"KB Home is very happy with the progress we've made in the Willowbrook community and we are well underway with repairs on 88 homes, either completed or being repaired.  Over the past year, we have taken action to address our homeowners' concerns and make the necessary repairs, and the majority of homeowners tell us they are pleased with our progress.  KB Home has completed repairs on the homes involved in these two lawsuits and we are committed to completing the repairs on all of the remaining homes in Willowbrook."

Some residents think more suits will follow.

"I think that the homeowners have good justification and I think the suit is well deserved," says Willowbrook resident Andrew Smith.

Previous KB Home coverage on 10 News:

4/12/13 - Willowbrook residents 'still not made whole' by KB Home
5/26/13 - KB Home resident faces lawsuit for speaking out
12/20/12 - Blight Christmas!
12/12/12 - Upset homeowners plan multi-complex protest
10/30/12 - Angry homeowners confront county building codes czar
10/17/12 - Is KB Home fixing condos or just the stucco?
10/17/12 - Manatee Commissioners getting more active
10/12/12 - Homeowners complain KB "Band-Aids" not working
10/9/12 - Willowbrook residents confront Manatee commissioners
10/4/12 - Nine years of failed fixes from KB Home
10/2/12 - State Senator pleads for AG to investigate KB
9/28/12 - Anomalies found in Willowbrook inspections
9/26/12 - Willowbrook victims seeking legal help
9/19/12 - Frustrated homeowners confront KB executive
9/13/12 - 10 News reveals KB whistleblowers tried to warn homeowners
8/8/12 - Willowbrook homeowners meet with state senator
8/4/12 - Homeowners demanding justice from KB Home

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