Common examples of building defect problems in Spain
Construction problems in Spain

Construction problems in Spain

Do you have construction problems in Spain – does your property have worrying cracks or flaws that seem strange or out of place? Are you concerned that there may be a construction problem with your swimming pool or some part of your property? Do you think that you may have a potential court case for some defect caused either by your builder or the original constructor? Well, if so – then contact us at Building […]

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Spanish houses and the Decenal insurance policy

Spanish houses and the Decenal insurance policy

Do you have a Decenal insurance policy on your new (under 10 years old) property in Spain? Of course, this may seem a silly question – as all new Spanish houses should have a 10 year ‘Builder’s Guarantee’ (Decenal Insurance policy).  Indeed, a Decenal insurance policy (similar to a NHBC insurance policy in the UK) is obligatory, by Spanish law, for any new property constructed by a builder in Spain. However, there is a loophole […]

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Effective litigation lawyer in Spain for construction disputes

Effective litigation lawyer in Spain for construction disputes

It is, of course, no secret that a significant amount of the building work in Spain undertaken during the long Spanish economic boom was defective.  There were quite simply not enough skilled workers around to ensure that construction was handled by time served professionals – and this was compounded by a lack of effective building control by the authorities.  Meanwhile, some greedy and irresponsible developers ‘cut corners’ to save money and speed up the completion […]

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Construction disputes and court actions in Spain

Construction disputes and court actions in Spain

Do you have a construction dispute in Spain?  Is this something that is gradually driving you mad – and are you having trouble resolving your building problems? Well, if your answer to any of the above questions is yes, then: you are not alone! Spanish building over the past fifteen years has not always been good and many people find that they have building issues in Spain that are causing them considerable trouble.  Alongside this, […]

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Roof repairs in Spain, 7 typical problems and their resolution

Roof repairs in Spain, 7 typical problems and their resolution

Finding out what problem you have with your roof in Spain – and why it has occurred – is almost impossible for the average property owner.  This is equally true of knowing whether the remedial work suggested by your builder in Spain is really correct and reasonably priced. Just as frustrating is the difficulty in establishing whether any roof defect that you have is the fault of someone else (your builder or architect, for example).  […]

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6 ways to resolve problems with building work in Spain

6 ways to resolve problems with building work in Spain

Of course, having problems with building work in Spain is not unusual. Construction, whether a project is big or small, tends to be contentious and, all too often, ends in a dispute – usually revolving around costs, timings or the quality of the work itself. The trouble is that the very nature of building work means that the stakes involved are usually high (whether financially or emotionally). This means that the earlier you can recognize […]

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Liability for construction defects in Spain

Liability for construction defects in Spain

All too often property owners in Spain do not take legal action for construction defects to their houses because their builder has either disappeared or gone bankrupt.  Needless to say, on the face of it, there is no point in taking legal action, if the other party has no money or cannot be found. However, luckily for many property owners, the liability for construction defects in Spain does not always end just with the builder.  […]

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Is it viable to undertake legal action in Spain for construction disputes?

Is it viable to undertake legal action in Spain for construction disputes?

The question for any foreigner considering litigation in Spain is: can I take legal action in Spain effectively – without it costing a fortune and an age to resolve? Most foreigners know very little about the Spanish legal system and, as a consequence, it is not uncommon for potential litigants to throw their hands in the air and avoid legal action – even though they have a winnable case. Despite the commonly held fears of […]

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Group court actions in Spain, for construction related problems

Group court actions in Spain, for construction related problems

Over the past few years we have dealt with a number of major group court actions in Spain relating to building defects in Spain. In fact, some of the cases have been very high profile and have involved large estates, where many of the properties have suffered from serious structural problems.  One estate that we have dealt with, for example, was built upon a clay substrate that was unstable.  This has caused the total collapse […]

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General building defects in Spain, builders obligation on new build properties

General building defects in Spain, builders obligation on new build properties

Fortunately, Spanish builders do have general responsibilities imposed upon them by Spanish law when building new properties in Spain.  These are obligations that go beyond the requirement to have an insurance backed 10 year building guarantee (the Decenal). Indeed, the Ley 38/1999 de 5 de Noviembre (‘Ordenación de la Edificación’) states that a builder has an obligation to: Correct identified snagging points (normally assessed 15–30 days prior to signing the Escritura/Completion) Correct just about any […]

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