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Latent Defects

Latent Defects

Accoring to South African Common Law, a Latent Defect in any goods sold is a defect not visible upon reasonable inspection by an ordinary buyer. This defect must also exist at the teime of the sale and should be distinguished form a patent defect, which is a defect discoverable by a reasonable inspection by an ordinay buyer.

The following are examples of latent defects which a seller should bring to the attention of the Estate Agent and the potential buyer:

  • Leaks in a flat roof propery
  • Geysers not working
  • Faulty plugs
  • Cracks in the swimming pool
  • Pool pumps not working
  • Stove not working
  • Wall cracks
  • Taps not working
  • Taps leaking
  • Cracked toilets and wash basins