Defective Property

If contractors have left your property riddled with construction defects, you could be entitled to pursue legal action for defective premises. To find out more about claiming compensation for latent defects and defective property, get in touch with us at Gibson & Associates.

Latent defects

A latent defect is a construction defect that is concealed and not readily apparent to the home-owner.

Normally those affected by latent defects will find that the work carried out by constructors appeared to be of a reasonable standard. It is only later that the hidden flaws become apparent – either because the home-owner has inspected the defective property more closely, or because an event occurs that exposes the full extent of the construction defect (such as heavy rain.)

Claiming for construction defects

In Ireland, contractors are usually responsible for repairing construction defects – especially if they relate to poor materials or workmanship. Some contracts will include a latent defects clause, whereby the home-owner has a certain amount of time to highlight a construction defect, which must then be remedied by the contractor.

Even if this time frame expires, or if there is no latent defect clause, a contractor can still be held accountable for construction defects. For example, if there is a breach of contract or a case of negligence, a home-owner will be entitled to pursue legal action against the contractor for defective property.

Making a defective premises claim will enable a home-owner to obtain financial redress, providing the money needed to repair the latent defects and any other residual problems, such as the cost of re-decorating. Claiming compensation for a construction defect will also recompense for the stress and inconvenience of living with a defective premises.

Compensation for defective premises

If you have paid contractors to carry out work on your property and you have since found a serious construction defect, do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation. This will give you the chance to discuss your situation with a legal expert, who will be able to advise what options are available to you.

If you are in a position to pursue legal action for a latent defect, we will help you through the course of your claim, getting you the compensation you deserve.

To find out more about claiming compensation for defective property, get in touch with us at Gibson & Associates. You can call us on 1890 989 289 or email us on info@gibsonandassociates.ie. If you would prefer to contact us online you can complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch shortly.

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