Leaky Homes - Does your house fit the bill?

The leaky homes crisis is an ongoing construction and legal crisis concerning a number of timber-framed buildings constructed from 1980's to the 2000's that suffered from weather-tightness problems. A leaky home is one where the cladding or exterior of the home is not correctly fitted or right for the purpose it is being used for, leading to moisture getting between the outside of the house and the inside walls. This leads to properties becoming unhealthy to live in due to moulds and spores developing within the damp, decaying timber framing.

Summary of important things to know about leaky homes:

  • Buildings that have a high risk of leaking were mostly built between the late 1980s and the mid-2000s, using plaster-style monolithic cladding systems. The exterior walls typically have an unbroken or smooth appearance.

  • If you are interested in a house or apartment with cladding of this type, you should get a weather tightness report, because there may be no obvious signs of problems.

  • If you buy a property you know is leaky or has a high risk of becoming leaky, be aware of the risks to your health and the financial impact this may have.

These buildings can be very expensive to fix, so it’s important to get as much information as you can before you buy it. QSPlus weather tightness/leaky homes reports assess:

  • Weather tightness

  • Internal moisture leaking from bathrooms, kitchens, laundry and plumbing

  • External moisture penetration and moisture levels

  • Insulation and thermal performance

  • Structural build quality

  • Cladding durability and performance

  • Upcoming general and preventative maintenance

Get in touch today and we can assist you in taking the right steps.

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