In Thériault c. Construction Lortie inc. (in French), the Plaintiff, owner of a house in a riparian area, claims damages resulting from defects affecting the house’s waste water installation against the general contractor for having failed to fulfill its obligations to deliver a house with an adequate and functioning waste water installation. In turn, the general contractor alleges that the specialised subcontractor who built the installation is responsible for the damages. The subcontractor counters that the general contractor has imposed the choice of an inadequate installation to lower the construction costs. Moreover, the subcontractor claims that the municipality approved the inadequate installation and pressured the subcontractor into building it. The Court concludes that the general contractor is liable towards the Plaintiff, that the subcontractor has no extra-contractual liability towards the Plaintiff, and that the municipality is jointly and severally (in solidum) responsible for having failed to act in good faith and with reasonable diligence when authorising the waste water installation under the Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings.
The judgment provides some interpretative guidance with respect to the concept of «existing dwelling» in the Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings.