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Who Bears Responsibility for My Home’s Defects?

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Are you becoming a private homeowner, excited about your new HDB, condo, or landed property? Moving into your new space is an exciting milestone, but it can be frustrating if you discover defects in your new house. In such situations, what should you do, and who’s responsible for these defects?

These questions can be a headache and a hassle. In this discussion, we’ll explore the liability for home defects and outline your next steps once you’ve detected them. Understanding your rights and the actions to take can make the process smoother and help you enjoy your new home to the fullest.

Understand the Contents of the Sale & Purchase Agreement You’ve Signed with Your Developer

According to the document, your developer is obligated to address defects during the Defects Liability Period, which is typically 12 months Period related to materials and workmanship not meeting unit specifications. When reporting defects, be specific for clear communication. If the developer agrees to fix them, ensure a smooth process by scheduling repairs and acknowledging their completion as a responsible homeowner.

Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a homeowner can help you navigate the process more effectively. Keep records of all communications with your developer, including defect reports, appointments, and repair confirmations. This documentation can be valuable in case of any disputes or delays in defect rectification.

What should you do if the developer neglects the defects?

If your developer hasn’t responded or addressed the defects within a month, you must issue a Notice of Intent. This notice communicates your intention to proceed with rectification and provides an estimated cost. Once the developer receives this notice, they have 14 days to attend and rectify the defects. However, if the developer still doesn’t take action after this period, homeowners have the right to rectify the defects in their units.

It’s important to note that the Notice of Intent is different from the initial written report you send to your developer. This notice should only be sent if your developer hasn’t taken any action. After you’ve carried out the rectification yourself, you can file a claim with your developer.

Hope it helps! 🙂

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