Crime and Courts

RAK contractors ordered to pay Dh696,000 compensation to villa owner

Staff Reporter/Ras Al Khaimah
Filed on October 26, 2020 | Last updated on October 26, 2020 at 11.16 am
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As per an expert report, the villa "is not safe to stay in, and needs to be demolished and rebuilt".

The Ras Al Khaimah Commercial Civil Court has ordered two engineering consultancy and construction contracting companies to pay Dh696,000 in compensation to an Emirati for serious construction defects in the villa they built for him.

As per an expert report, the villa “is not safe to stay in, and needs to be demolished and rebuilt”.

The Emirati told the court that he contracted the two companies to build his two-storey villa in 16 months.

“However, they did not build the villa as per the agreed upon specifics and standards,” he said, adding that serious cracks appeared in the villa soon after it was built.

“Construction waste and rubbles were used in filling the land, causing the rainwater accumulate under the basement. This resulted in a serious land subsidence.”

An engineering expert assigned by the court reported a 14cm to 20cm land subsidence at the site.

“In addition, several wall cracks appeared due to design defects and failure to examine the soil.”

The report put the consultancy company and the contractor responsible for the faults as they had to examine the soil before construction. Based on the report, the court ordered the firms to pay Dh696,000 in compensation to the complainant.

The damages included Dh50,000 against the demolition of the villa and Dh646,000 against the reconstruction.

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