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Fayetteville builder cited for 12 violations, license suspended

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Caviness Land Development failed to install weather resistant wrap behind the brick veneer of a home. Caviness Land Development failed to install weather resistant wrap behind the brick veneer of a home.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors issued a 12-month stayed suspension to a new home builder following a WNCN investigation into the home builder.

The move comes after the board's investigators found a total of 12 code violations across two home built by Caviness Land Development, Inc.

Investigators also determined the company licensee, Watson Caviness, lied on his application to renew his license.

The board mandated Caviness pay $3,000 to recover the cost of the board's investigations into complaints from homeowners.

Caviness could not be reached for comment Monday.

In February 2011, a WNCN investigation revealed the builder built homes that did not meet North Carolina building code standards.

In 2006, Cumberland County residents Richard Wilson and Regina Wills bought a new home from Caviness for $260,000.

After purchasing the property in the Baywood South subdivision, a private inspection revealed code violations including no roof paper, no protective wrap behind the bricks and signs of mold. In addition, their inspector found more serious problems -- the house's foundation was improperly built on swampland.

The county deemed the house unsafe for the family to occupy.

The couple's experts determined that given the violations, the home was only worth $7,000, a fraction of the purchase price, and it would be cheaper to rebuild the home than fix everything.

During the initial 2011 investigation, WNCN asked the Cumberland County Planning and Inspections Department why inspectors missed the code violations and issued the home a certificate of occupancy. At that time, department director Tom Lloyd admitted "[inspectors] should have caught" some of the code violations.

The Wills said Cumberland County settled out of court and paid the couple $27,000.

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