- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) - Youngsville has lifted a city council-imposed ban on construction permits to national homebuilder DR Horton, after a probe showed homes built by the company in the Sugar Ridge subdivision met residential construction codes.

Rick Garner, who runs day-to-day operations for the city of Youngsville, tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1zejYKx ) the permit ban ran from Oct. 17-21. Garner says the city on Oct. 21 resumed issuing permits to DR Horton. DR Horton also is a major builder throughout Louisiana.

The city council decided to institute a temporary ban on new DR Horton construction at an Oct. 16 meeting after complaints by Sugar Ridge resident Tara Proffitt and others that their new homes’ plumbing leaked and developed mold because of faulty plumbing and subpar piping.

Garner said the city halted new permits after Proffitt alleged city inspectors had approved construction that did not meet the minimum levels of residential construction codes.

“In order to make sure we’re not having anybody move into an unsafe structure, we temporarily froze the permits for DR Horton,” Garner said Monday.

DR Horton spokeswoman Marissa Awbry said in a statement Monday that the

“The satisfaction of our homeowners is a top priority, and DR Horton’s offer to address the homeowner’s concerns remains,” Awbry said.

She said DR Horton provides a “robust” warranty on its new homes.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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