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Cracks in the Foundation: Following The Florida Building Collapse

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Mary Anne Williams
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Crumbling Foundation in Connecticut

Nearly a month ago, the Surfside Condominium partially collapsed. A 2018 inspection found “major structural damage” to the building leading many to ask, what more could have been done to prevent this tragedy?

This hour, we’re asking, what are landlords and building owners obligated to do here in Connecticut to keep residents safe? If you live in a condominium, or rent an apartment, what are your rights?

Crumbling concrete is a problem for a number of Connecticut buildings. A 2019 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that at least 1600 Connecticut homes had confirmed pyrrhotite, a mineral that causes foundations to crumble overtime.

Later, we will hear from the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company that’s working to aid homeowners faced with crumbling foundations due to Pyrrhotite.

What questions do you have about building safety? We want to hear from you.

GUESTS:

  • Shelley White - Director of Litigation and Advocacy at New Haven Legal Assistance
  • Goli Nossoni - Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, University of New Haven
  • Michael Maglaras - Principal with Michael Maglaras and Company and Superintendent of the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company
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