Housing Transaction Disputes

An apartment is usually the most valuable item of property owned by a Finn. If a quality issue is discovered in one’s own apartment, besides the comfort of living and health of the occupier, it may also have a significant effect on the owner occupier’s finances. Any defects in quality discovered after conclusion of housing transactions create disagreement between the sellers and buyers. The majority of these disagreements are nowadays connected to moisture and mould damage, which are discovered in the building structure after conclusion of the sale.

By clarifying the liability distribution and checking the condition of the object of purchase in advance, the risks related to the transaction can be reduced and potential disputes prevented. We consult our clients prior to the conclusion of the transaction and assist in the preparation of the contract documents related to the transaction.

When moisture or mould damage is discovered in the apartment, the buyer has to give notice of defects to the seller within the deadlines provided by law. The buyer’s duty to give notice of defects and the seller’s liability to the buyer are determined differently depending on whether the housing transaction concerns real estate, a new apartment or a used apartment.

We assist our clients in presenting and responding to claims in disputes arising from housing transactions. Our clients consist of both buyers and sellers of apartments. We co-operate with building health experts, microbiological and medical specialists and building surveyors. We comprehensively follow up-to-date case law and scientific research related to the theme.

Home sweet home.”
– proverb

In addition to the division of liability between the seller and the buyer in moisture and mould damage other liability relationships may also exist, such as the tenancy between a landlord and a tenant, a housing company’s maintenance and repair responsibility, estate agent’s and building surveyor’s responsibility for their own actions and employer’s responsibility for employee’s occupational safety. We are also familiar with all of the aforesaid liability issues.