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Defective Premises Act

Liability under Section 1?

Work in the course of a business

Zennstrom v Fagot
[2013] EWHC 288 (TCC)

Where the vendors of a property had undertaken a complete redevelopment of that property with the intention of making a home to live in, but then through force of financial circumstances were forced to sell, they had not undertaken work “in the course of a business which consists of or includes providing or arranging for the provision of dwellings”. Accordingly they were not liable to the purchasers under s1 of the Defective Premises Act 1972 for defects in the property.


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