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Old 04.10.2019, 10:35
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Broken Bath-Tub noticed upon transfer of ownership | New apartment

A friend of mine who is not on forum seeks advise. He has recently got posession of his new apartment in Zurich. As a standard process, he had a detailed examination of his new apartment on the day of transfer of ownership/handover of keys, involving an external who took note of every small nook and corner of the house for any item requiring cleaning/finishing/repair.

As he explained, anything and everything requiring attention was mutually agreed and taken care of. However, he noticed a small breakage/damage on the edge of the bath-tub, a 2.5 cm long piece cracked on the vertical exterior edge, where it merges with the tiles, which the Verwaltung/GU has offered to get repaired with some filling.

His question is does he have the right to ask for a complete replacement instead of repair? Even if it was not a defect upon delivery, in the last days before completion the sanitary or other worker might have mistakenly/unknowingly damaged the tub during bath fitings. Instead of a repair, can he insist on replacement, which may cost 3-5k to the Sanitar, but he's also paid that price part of the price he's paid for his new apartment.
What's your say and what's his right?
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