Renovation Problem Combining Two Shoplots into One

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asked on Mar 4, 2019 at 21:34
edited on Mar 14, 2019 at 20:56
A friend of mine wanted to rent 2 shoplots to be joined into a dance studio. She found suitable shoplots on the 2nd floor of a 3 storey shophouse. She informed the owner regarding her plan to demolish the wall and confirm whether any construction pillar there. The owner agree to it and stated there is no construction pillar. She made a payment of deposit for it and the owner gave her a month to renovate it. The owner was introduce his contractor to demolish for it.

Problem occurred during the process of demolishing the wall. 3 pillar were found in the wall during it. She informed the owner. The owner was not aware of it and the owner consulted with the architect. The final answer from architect was that the pillars can't be removed.

The owner now is withholding the deposit and insists that my friend must rebuild the wall before refunding it. 

I would like to seek advise on the above matter.
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answered on Mar 4, 2019 at 22:15
edited Mar 5, 2019 at 00:35
by   jeff005

I do find it amazing that both parties have already held discussions on the possibility of concealed columns and yet did not appoint a professional contractor to do the necessary work.

One cannot help to notice that in 3 storeys shophouse, especially in the 1st and 2nd floor, the horizontal concrete beams is held up by the vertical concrete columns (Pillars). And some walls are designed to be load bearing walls.

Both parties should share the costs of the reconstruction of the walls.

(DISCLAIMER: Material posted in this forum represents my personal opinion(s) only and should not be taken to be legal advice.)
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