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Cyprus building standards

A LETTER in the Cyprus Mail tells the story of a Brit who moved to Cyprus and bought a newly-built house. The property looked impressive, but after a year or two it had serious damp problems and a number of alarming cracks appeared.

A neighbour was a former builder who had seen the house being built. He said the foundations were hopelessly inadequate, particularly as the land had previously been an orchard and the soil was unstable.

Unfortunately jerry-built property is quite commonly seen in Cyprus. Often lacking any form of damp-proofing, the moisture absorbing concrete skeleton acts like a wick drawing moisture out of the soil into the structure of the building. This results in damp, cold and musty properties and may lead to structural problems in the longer term. Without adequate damp-proofing, timber-frame properties can suffer even greater problems!

And as in the case of Brit mentioned in the letter, some properties are built with inadequate foundations. The visible symptoms are uneven floors, cracks in walls, floors and wall tiles and jamming doors and windows. The more sinister, invisible, symptoms are damaged water pipes and possible structural instability.

The four photographs below illustrate what can happen if your luxury home has been built on inadequate foundations – click on any of them to see a larger image.

What many people fail to appreciate is that in Cyprus there is a lifetime warranty on the structural integrity and stability of a building. It is possible to pursue the developer who constructed the building through the courts although the onus is on the buyer to prove that the problem is due to his poor workmanship, materials, etc.

Advice

Click here for further information regarding ‘structural’ and ‘routine’ defects.