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Structural Defects
 

Structural Defects

 

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Structural Defects

There are other issues that constitute housing disrepair for which your landlord would be liable for, and these include structural defects. These are a number of issues that are indicative of structural defects.

Subsidence
Subsidence in summary is the downward sinking movement of the foundation of a property that arises as a result of the loss of support of the ground beneath the foundations. Subsidence causes cracking and subsequently, property damage.

Some of the common signs of subsidence:

  • Vertical and diagonal cracking
  • Large cracks running through the damp proof course (DPC) into the property foundations.
  • External cracking which corresponds with the same area of wall internally
  • Cracks appearing after long durations of dry weather.
  • Seasonal opening and closing of cracks

Large structural cracks
These can appear in a number of different locations within a property and for a number of reasons, the extent of the seriousness of such cracks can often be determined by the length, depth and width of the crack. These frequently require further investigation to determine the cause for which your Landlord would be responsible for carrying out.

Rotten/defective flooring
This can come about due to structural defects to the sub-flooring, as a result of damp with consequential deterioration to the woodwork beneath, and other related issues.

Damaged roof tiling that allows water to leak into the property
Your Landlord should generally be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the roof, however, as time progresses, roofs can suffer from a loss of tiles, defective flashings and deterioration in water proofing that can result in water leaks and consequential damp within the property.

Rotten/defective window frames and doors
This is a common problem that affects many rental properties for reasons including, rainwater and moisture causing deterioration to the window frames, defective sealant around the frame that allows rainwater to penetrate into the property, along with draught (that can make a property bitterly cold) and defective window gaskets that diminish the functionality of a window unit.

Holes in the plaster/wall/floor
Properties that are not regularly inspected and maintained can often result in defects to the structure that manifest themselves as gaps and holes within plasterwork, timber, flooring and around radiator pipes that can frequently permit vermin to gain access into the property and create an infestation that is prejudicial to health if the issues are not addressed adequately and in a timely manner.

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