This can refer to both new and old properties. With new properties the cracks are only visible inside the property with cracks appearing in the plaster as the block settles. Cracks less than 1-3mm wide are quite normal.
On period properties settlement cracks can be much wider (over 1 cm) and are more often caused by movement. They can be clearly visible on the interior and exterior walls.
Cracks on the exterior walls should be filled to make sure the property does not suffer penetrating damp. Note a large crack on a period property may not be serious as it may relate to movement decades ago. If in doubt ask a structural engineer to have a look.
For more detail see What a Property Survey Really Means.
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