When a newly constructed building has a defect, it is extremely problematic for both the developer and the buyer. It can lead to arguments over who is responsible for performing remediation work and may even cause ongoing construction projects to come to a halt.
A building defect can take many various forms, and each one differs in severity, cost, and repairability.
1. Deficiency in construction
This usually comes down to poor quality workmanship.
Many homeowners identify this type of issue through plumbing leaks and electrical issues. There may be problems with the brickwork and improperly fitted windows and doors. This can easily cause water to get into the building which can turn into dampness and mold.
Construction deficiencies can be relatively minor in nature or they can cause significant damage that impacts upon the value of the property.
2. Design deficiencies
Design deficiencies can occur through the way a building has been designed by an architect. The result can be issues such as poor drainage or water leakage through the roof of the property. Due to the remedial work necessary to put this right, it can quickly become a costly exercise to put right.
3. Material deficiencies
These are brought on by the use of substandard or unsuitable building materials during the construction process. As a result, a certain area of the building doesn’t work properly. Use of plasterboard that is inappropriate for a room that is frequently exposed to water, such as a bathroom or laundry room, is one example.
Construction defect claims are often best tackled with the assistance of a legal professional who has experience in this area. Finding out your legal rights is key to protecting yourself.