Latent Defects Warranty & Insurance Claims
The type of patent and latent defects can be varied dependent on the type of the engineering or construction project. Many minor defects can be identified and corrected before the building is handed over to its owner. Other latent defects may be significantly harder to detect or the problem may only appear after a long period of time. It may then require extensive work to remedy the problem.
Latent defects may be caused due to poor workmanship, inferior materials used or by not following the original designs. If problems do occur then in normal circumstances the building contractor would usually be held responsible within a period of 2 years. Other times latent defects could have been due to design flaws but either way it is the contractor who would primarily be responsible for liability who could in turn claim against the designers and the supply chain.
In identifying latent defects, this should usually be quite easy. It may be that something has not been provided correctly in the manner that it should have been. For example; there may be subsidence caused by the foundations resulting in large cracks. Despite the building work being carried out to design specification, brickwork could be defective simply because the wrong type of brick may have been used in the building process.
Arguments can occur when problems become apparent between the architect and the contractor. This may arise because work the contractor may have carried out work incorrectly and there may be a fault with the architect’s design. Liability may be passed on from the contractor to the architect even if the work that carried out was defective but was not the initial latent defect that has been identified.
There are differences between patent and latent defects and it is important to state the difference. Patent defects are identified during the time of construction and before its completion. Latent defects are simply building defects that were not or could not have been identified until after the construction had been completed and occupied for a period of time.
If you believe your property is suffering from damage due to latent defects there are property claim companies can help you. Property Defects is a nationwide group of surveyors and loss adjusters who work on your side to ensure that you are fully represented with either your insurance claim or warranty claim. If you would like more information regarding the services that New Property Defects can offer please visit their website: https://www.propertydefects.co.uk