Fit for Habitation
We advise on the Defective Premises Act (DPA) and in particular questions surrounding Fit for Habitation. Although it is coming up to 40 years since the Defective Premises Act 1972 came into force, it continues to remain live and relevant regarding Fit for Habitation cases.
Fit for Habitation Case Study
Bole -v- Huntsbuild
In a Court of Appeal decision of March 2010 Bole -v- Huntsbuild
, claims against a contractor and structural engineer were considered in connection with a domestic premises affected by heave. It was said that the property was designed by the engineer and built by the contractor, with inadequate foundations.
The owner successfully claimed that the house was unfit for habitation under the Defective Premises Act 1972 and therefore was entitled to recover general damages and the cost of repair.
For more information regarding our Defective Premises cases see our main Case Studies page
Since the test of Fit for Habitation under the DPA is a question of fact, the need to obtain expert evidence and advice is normally essential. Our team is able to advise on the instruction of experts, the collation of evidence, the merits of any claim and what defence(s) may be available.
Contact our team regarding Fit for Habitation
If you would like more information on the services Fisher Scoggins Waters offer, please contact us
by telephone on 0207 993 6960 or email Charlotte Waters
by using the enquiry form below: