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Brazil’s Minha Casa Minha Vida Units Have Structural Problems

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A report by Brazil’s Ministry of Transparency and the General Comptroller of the Union (CGU) found that 56.4 percent of the Minha Casa, Minha Vida (My Home, My Life) apartments units evaluated showed considerable structural damages in their construction, with leaning, cracked walls and leaky ceilings.

“Regarding the constructions, defects were observed in 56.4 percent of the units of the sample visited, structural failures occurred within the warranty period. The main ones were: infiltrations, lack of plumb in walls (tilting of walls), cracks and leaks,” said the . . .

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