Abstract—Defect liability period (DLP) is the period a contractor is liable to make good the defects and how reasonable the defects liability period is to allow defects (patent and latent) to manifest? Most of the defects are due to shoddy workmanship and sub- standard materials used during construction activities. This paper examines the occurrence of defects during and after the defect liability period and the contractual terms of defects between Malaysia and Nigeria. The Federal university of technology, Akure, Nigeria and Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia (Skudai campus) were chosen as case study cases. Findings from the study revealed that 12months defects liability period practice in Malaysia is reasonable enough to allow defects to manifest within the period. Whereas in Nigeria most of the defects manifestation often occur after the 6 months defect liability period allowed which really poses a major threat to employers and amount to economic loss. The study suggests extension of defects liability period in Nigeria to 12 months as it is done in Malaysia so as to allow the employer to have value for money invested.
Index Terms—Construction works, defects, liability period,occurrence.
Alejo Ayodele Oluwole is with Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ahmad Rosdan Razak is with Construction Contract Management, Department of Quantity Surveryiing, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia.
Folorunso Clement Oluwole is with Architecture at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Cite: Alejo Ayodele Oluwole, Ahmad Rosdan Razak, and Folorunso Clement Oluwole, "Comparative Study of Defect Liability Period Practice in Malaysia and Nigeria Building Industry," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 808-810, 2012.