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RAS AL KHAIMAH – An Emirati man in Ras Al Khaimah has been awarded Dh696,000 in compensation after the court ruled that his newly constructed villa was not safe for use.
The Ras Al Khaimah Commercial Civil Court ordered an engineering consultancy company and a construction company to pay the man more than half a million dirhams in damages.
An expert report deemed the villa “not safe to stay in and needs to be demolished and rebuilt”.
In his testimony, the Emirati said he paid the companies to build his two-storey villa in 16 months. However, after handover, cracks began appearing in the villa.
“Construction waste and rubbles were used in filling the land, causing the rainwater accumulate under the basement. This resulted in a serious land subsidence,” according to a report on the matter.
The report also found that the cracks on the walls were due to design defects and the sinking of the soil on which the villa was built. ICA/Expat Media
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