Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Local Building Code Watchdog Now Leads State Chapter

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Local Building Code Watchdog Now Leads State Chapter

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Linda Armstrong, a Jacksonville resident who has pushed for more stringent enforcement of the city's building code, has been named president of the Florida chapter of HomeOwners for Better Building.

The organization's national president, Janet Ahmad, said Armstrong was named "because of her dedication to advocating consistently applied code enforcement of new residential home construction in Florida."

Armstrong also was appointed to the organization's national board of directors.

Armstrong, a research consultant who lives in Mandarin, found an interest in the organization when she discovered, after purchasing a new home, that her home had never received all city- and state-mandated inspections and a certificate of occupancy.

"Notwithstanding her own situation with the city of Jacksonville, we have found Ms. Armstrong's dedication to helping homeowners resolve their construction defects to be genuine and forthright," Ahmad said.

HomeOwners for Better Building was founded in 1978 in Texas as a way to assist homeowners facing frustration and expensive repairs on their homes with construction defects.

The creation of the organization prompted a Federal Trade Commission investigation that revealed 75 percent of all new homes built had defects.

Since that time, the organization has established chapters in several states. Armstrong's can be contacted by e-mail at hobbflorida@alltel.net. The organization's Web site is wwwobb.org, and its telephone number is (210) 402-6800.

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