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Complete Guide to the Defects Liability Period for HDB Flats

When you receive the keys to your new HDB flat, it’s crucial to inspect for any construction-related issues before moving in or starting renovations. This is where the Defects Liability Period (DLP) comes into play, ensuring that any defects found are rectified at the developer’s expense.

Understanding the Defects Liability Period (DLP) for HDB Flats

The DLP for HDB flats typically lasts one year from the date you collect your keys. It’s advisable to report any defects within the first month to ensure timely repairs. The developer is responsible for fixing these issues, usually within 14 days, or providing a timeline if special materials are needed.

During renovations, if previously reported defects need addressing, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) can coordinate with your renovation schedule to fix these issues without delay. However, initiating renovations before a thorough defect check can absolve the developer of their responsibilities to make any repairs.

Identifying Defects in Your New Flat

Defects can range from plumbing issues like leaks and faulty fixtures to problems with doors, windows, electrical systems, walls, ceilings, and flooring. These might include uneven surfaces, discoloration, or improper installation.

For those not well-versed in construction details, hiring a professional inspector from Imperfeccion Specialists can be beneficial. This ensures a thorough check, helping you avoid future complications. Professional inspections typically cost between $200 and $400, a worthwhile investment for peace of mind.

Reporting Defects and Follow-Up Actions

Defects can be reported online via the HDB website or at the on-site Building Service Centre (BSC), detailed in your HDB Welcome Kit. After reporting, a joint inspection with a contractor will be scheduled to address the issues.

For security reasons, never leave your flat keys with the contractor. Once repairs are completed, a follow-up inspection ensures everything has been fixed properly.

Post-DLP Considerations and Warranty Coverage

If defects are discovered after the one-year DLP, unless they are structural issues like internal cracks, you will likely need to handle repairs at your own expense. HDB provides extended warranty coverage for specific issues like ceiling leaks and spalling concrete, ranging from five to ten years.

For assistance, contact Imperfeccion Specialists via WhatsApp: +65 8886 7175 or contact us here!

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