Section 1 of the Defective Premises Act 1972: An update by Harry Marriott
The defective construction of large, often high-rise developments, is an issue that has become increasingly prevalent in the press over the past few years. The use of defective cladding is particularly significant. For obvious reasons, such issues create significant worry and concern for residents. There are also likely to be financial implications, with individuals owning such properties struggling to sell or facing large bills for necessary remedial works. With the High Court recently discussing a number of issues in bringing such claims, now seems the opportune moment to reconsider the duty imposed by section 1 of the Defective Premises Act (DPA) 1972.