As of February this year, a total of 7,256 claims have been lodged with the Weathertight Homes Tribunal. 207 of these claims were brought within the year.
The good news is that over the last 5 years the number of new leaky building claims brought before the tribunal has nearly halved. Despite the gradual decrease in new claims, leaky building claims are still common place.
To avoid buying a leaky home here are some red flag issues to look out for:
- Narrow eaves (or no eaves at all) – eaves are designed to keep water away from the junction where the roof meets the wall.
- Homes with complicated designs, for example with lots of corners and junctions.
- Exposed sites – where the pressures on the home are greater.
- ‘Monolithic’ cladding systems, such as plaster and fibre cement.
- Tiled balconies.
Identifying a leaky home is not an easy task and best practice is to get a qualified leaky building inspector involved.