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A nightmare of many homeowners is to discover that their dream house has major flaws right after signing the contract. This can happen right after moving in, or during the handover process. This week, Lamudi Sri Lanka has gathered helpful tips to guide you through the process.

Q. How can I get the builders to fix the problems?

  1. This issue is more common than you think. The best way to address this problem, however, is to take a very diplomatic stand and try to talk with the previous owners or the builder to fix the problem. However, in circumstances where the sale process is complete and you have failed to inspect the problems in the house during this period, the builders or developers may not comply with your request since it may be your responsibility.

What kind of relationship you have with the developer is also another playing factor. A good-natured relationship might have them more inclined to fix the problem for you, canceling the need to lodge any formal complaints, which would further complicate matters anyway.

Q. When should I lodge a lawsuit?

  1. Lawsuits should be your last resort, and only if the problem is very serious. For example, if there are only a few cracks in the ceiling or damaged equipment in the house that you failed to notice during inspection before finalizing the purchase, then it might not be a good idea. However, if you think the seller has deceived you and lied to you about potential problems or in extreme cases, dangerous defects of the property, then you may resort to court. However, lawsuits can be very expensive. Hence, to avoid problems, comprehensive research and inspection should be done on any property you are about to buy.

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