In the context of a residential strata development, ‘latent’ (as opposed to ‘patent’) defects can manifest any time after the end of DLP. Common types of latent defects that appear soon after the DLP are water leakage, cracks, paint failure, debonding of tiles, etc. In the longer term, the types of latent defects may be concrete spalling, ground settlement and leaks from embedded and/or boxed-up utility pipes, etc.
Another category of latency is ‘recurring’ defects, in which the repairs were carried out by the developer’s contractor during the DLP but they did not fix the root cause of the problem. Typical examples of recurring defects after the DLP are water seepages originally reported and repaired during the DLP in bathrooms, swimming pools and open garden areas.
The joint management body/management corporation (JMB/MC) must be cognisant of laws related to limitations, and seek expert & legal advice.