R.N. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
We only recently found out that the turnover of the newly built condo we bought would have a delay. However, because of the delay, I would not have a place to live for about a month, as my contract with an apartment rental is about to expire. We were told to expect January or February, and we even made allowances until April, but just recently the management tells us that we can only move in by June.
I really think they had a duty to inform us about this, so that we could have made appropriate preparations. But they firmly deny this duty on their part. They say it is our duty to follow up on the status of the condo. I think they ought to get me a place to stay as “just” reparation… What do you think?
Mister Condo replies:
R.N., I am truly sorry that your condo wasn’t ready for you to move into on time. It sounds like you did everything right and the developer just didn’t finish the job on time. However, this is a matter of contract law and unless you had a specific clause detailing what would happen should the developer miss the delivery deadline for the turnover, I am afraid you are more or less at the mercy of the developer. You may have grounds for breaking the agreement if you wish to back out of the deal but, most likely, you are just going to be on the short end of this transaction. Please keep in mind that I am not an attorney and my advice here is friendly and not legal. You may wish to speak with an attorney (I hope you used one when you made this purchase) who can better advise you if you have a legal leg to stand on. The good news is that you should be in by June. I hope you have a wonderful experience in your new condo once this turnover craziness is behind you.