Latent Defect

Latent Defect definition

/ˈleɪt(ə)nt/ /ˈdiːfɛkt/

What does Latent Defect mean?

A hidden flaw or defect in the workmanship, design, materials or construction of a building that is not visible or patent to a competent person, or with their advice, on inspection.

Latent Defect explained

A latent defect (also known as an inherent defect) must be present at completion but may not manifest itself for many years afterwards – eg inadequate foundations causing subsidence. A building owner who discovers a defect after the contractual limitation period may be able to make a claim for rectification under the Latent Damage Act 1986 which extends the time for negligence claims in respect of latent defects.

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