Cracks in a New Condo Unit

Q I recently bought a condominium in a new building directly from the developer. In the year since my purchase, the apartment has developed leaks and cracks in the ceiling. Now cracks are appearing in the walls. What recourse, if any, do I have?

A Kenneth Jacobs, a real estate lawyer with offices in Yonkers and Manhattan, said the reader should review the offering plan. “If the condominium contains five or fewer floors,” he said, “the owner may have recourse under the state’s Housing Merchant Implied Warranty Law.”