The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works published the National Construction Authority (Defects Liability) Regulations, 2020 in April this year. The Regulations, which have received opposition from contractors and lobby groups in the construction industry, aim at conferring protection to developers of commercial properties by regulating the limitations on period within which a contractor may be liable for defects in the building. The Regulations have also introduced a latent defect liability period to cater for concealed structural flaws that may not be detectable during the ordinary patent defects liability period.

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