A judge has stayed proceedings launched by a group of homeowners seeking £5.6 million ($7.2 million) in damages from the developer of their block of flats for alleged construction faults to allow the parties to settle the dispute.

Judge Edward Pepperall said in a Sept. 7 order that the suit brought by the owners of 13 apartments in north London will be stayed until Nov. 27 to allow the parties to resolve the spat out of court using alternative dispute resolution.

The 20 individuals in the building of 52 homes, known as West Heath Place, filed a lawsuit at the High Court in May 2019 accusing developer Albany Homes and its directors, Barry Angel and Henry Selman, of failing to adequately finish their apartments before they moved in. They are also suing East West Insurance Co. Ltd. for not paying out on structural defect policies.

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