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Latent defects

What are latent defects?


According to South Africa common law, a latent defect in any good sold is perfect not visible upon reasonable inspection by an ordinary buyer. This defect must also exist at the time of the sale and should be distinguished from a patent defect, which is a defect discoverable by a reasonable inspection by an ordinary 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 house
  • Geysers not working
  • Faulty Plugs
  • Cracks in swimming pool
  • Pool pumps not working
  • Stove not working
  • Wall cracks
  • Taps not working/leaking
  • Cracked toilets and hand basins