Plaster – Decoration or Structure?

Posted: 3rd August 2011

Is plaster part of the structure of a building or merely, as was ruled in a 1992 case,“ merely a decorative finish and is not part of the essential material elements which go to make up the structure of the dwellinghouse.”.

One that simple point a case recently went all the way to the Court of Appeal, which held that the decoration was the finish applied to the plaster and not the plaster itself, which was part of the ‘structure’ of the building.
The result was an additional £750 repair bill for the landlord (which was responsible for maintaining the structure of the building) and a much larger legal bill.