Urban Living was added as a defendant last month to a lawsuit filed in February by 8 plaintiffs against 2 companies run by Saeed Qazi and Saleem Qazi, both of whom are also being sued individually.
The suit revolves around 6 adjacent homes in the First Ward — 1919 through 1929 Johnson St. — built around 2008 by the Qazis and their companies, Zenith Urban Homes and Zenith Signature Homes. Once built, the homes were exclusively marketed and sold by Urban Living.
The suit contends that Saeed and Saleem Qazi presented themselves, and were presented by Urban Living, as having over 10 years experience as builders “who stand behind their high-quality product.” According to the suit, that is “materially false” and “designed to entice buyers into purchasing defective properties.”
The suit continues:
“The Qazi Defendants were woefully inept at home construction, and they built numerous latent defects into the townhomes at issue in this suit, such as installing exterior balcony flooring with no metal flashing against the wall, a critical and required waterproofing component that protects the structure against water intrusion.”
According to the tipster, today, “Some of the homes are currently under repair which involves, among other things, reinforcement of structural components and replacement of large portions of stucco.”
These defects were allegedly present in all 6 of the homes in this development.
The plaintiffs contend that the Qazi Defendants committed fraud in presenting themselves as experienced builders. Some of those plaintiffs further that claim to include Urban Living — and have added claims of conspiracy and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act — for Urban Living’s alleged role in aiding and abetting the Qazi Defendants in this alleged scheme.
The tipster says that the Johnson St. properties were recently scrubbed from the “past developments” section of the Zenith Urban Homes website.
Urban Living was added to the lawsuit’s third amended petition on November 19th and has not yet filed an answer. The plaintiffs are seeking damages of not less than $200,000 nor more than $1,000,000.
Photos: Swamplot inbox (construction work); Har.com