NEW BUILD: What is a Building Defect?

With all the new builds underway in Canberra, we felt as though this is a particularly important question. Archie from Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers explains for us exactly what a building defect is.

"The contract will deal with specifically what a defect is, however generally speaking, the industry accepts a defect as being:

- Something that doesn't comply with the building code

- Something that wasn't built in accordance with the building plan

- Something that wasn't built in accordance with acceptable industry standards"

We recommend that you do your research on the builder and developer before purchasing, and we recommend that you employ a third building inspector to compile your defect report for handover.