But housewife Emmiellia Arip and her husband made a startling discovery while the unit was undergoing renovation – 14 gaping holes in the ceiling!
This was a bitter pill to swallow, considering they had splurged S$320,000 on the place, located at Blk 509 Bukit Batok St 52.
Contractors found the holes in the ceiling board when they removed the false ceiling installed by the previous owner.
Ms Arip contacted the HDB, but was told that as the new owner she needed to pay for the defects and any other repair works.
She is the 3rd owner of the unit.
She says there’s no way she could have known about the holes because they were covered by the false ceiling.
However, the HDB said that since the buyer bought the flat on a caveat emptor basis (as-is condition), the buyer will have to bear responsibility for any irregularities.
An investigation showed that the holes were likely to have been created by the flat’s previous owner.
The HDB said that the flat was built about 30 years ago, and there were no holes in the original ceiling.
It says that the holes do not affect the structural stability of the building.
CASE says the “Lemon Law” which was introduced in recent years does not apply in this instance, as it is not applicable to property.