75 Building Violations and Fines Besiege Las Vegas Pool Developer
Blue Lagoon Pools, a pool construction firm based in Las Vegas, has been found guilty of negligence and failure to follow local building codes. Blue Lagoon’s negligence has led to the award of over $183,000 to eighteen homeowners who contracted the firm to build pools in their homes.
The homeowners were awarded the damages due to unethical and illegal construction practices used by the pool-building firm, according to the Nevada State Contractors Board, which confirmed that the firm had been given the license to construct a substantial number of pool building projects in the area.
Infuriated homeowners filed several complaints with the State Contractors board, which led to detailed investigations. After investigation, it was found that the firm acted illegally in 75 of those cases. Most of the cases included charges of negligence, gross violations of the city’s building codes, as well as deliberate failure to adhere to the Board’s rules. The firm was also found guilty of non-payment of materials utilized for their building projects.
Blue Lagoon was ordered to pay $183,543 to the homeowners on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at a Residential Recovery Fund Hearing. This was after the Henderson-based pool construction firm had its license suspended indefinitely in an early hearing by the Board last month. They were also fined over $138,000 in the same hearing as a result of the case.
Building violations are unforgivable in every state and city, as they are regarded as the bedrock of safety, beauty and style for every city. Every homeowner is required by law to hire contractors with the necessary development licenses for specific projects— failure to do this goes contrary against the building code of many states and cities. Once this is done, the responsibility will now be on the contractor to ensure that the project being undertaken is completed in accordance with building laws in that city or state. It is important to know that while some building laws are generic, there are many which are specifically adopted by different cities. Therefore knowledge of your local city’s building code is crucial to ensuring that a contractor doesn’t break them and end up putting both parties in front of a judge.
If a homeowner realizes that a contractor has engaged in building violations then a complaint has to be made to the appropriate authorities. The appropriate authorities for initial contact include the Building Board or State Contractors Board. The Contractor’s Board, which is the regulatory body for contractors and construction firms, also has their own set of rules. These rules are binding for members, and must be adhered to. These regulations are usually developed in reference to the general building code of a city or state in order to eradicate building violations.
Complying with the Contractors Board and their regulations is paramount to the sustainability of a construction firm’s license to operate in any given city. Failure to act in accordance with building code laws and regulations can result in suspensions or total withdrawal of operational license, as in the case of Blue Lagoon Pools.