Plaintiff represented the owners of apartments. The case was instituted to claim damages in relation to a damaged lift in the common parts of the apartment building. Defendant represented the company which had carried out works in the apartments buildings; the company had also sold the apartments to the various owners. Owners of the apartments were given a right of use of the lift in the contract of sale of the apartment. However, because of works still being carried out by defendant, the lift could not be used. It was also claimed that the lift was damaged when water entered the lift pit.
The Consumer Claims Tribunal found for plaintiff. Defendant appealed, arguing that the Tribunal had failed to take into account the preliminary plea regarding its competence. Defendant also pleaded that there was never a contract of sale of the lift, and that in any event Article 79 of the Consumer Affairs Act (which implements Article 5.2 of Directive 1999/44 into Maltese law) required that the seller be informed of a defect within two months.