Building & Construction Law
Long before I was a Construction Lawyer, I was a Construction Manager for one of Australia’s top tier building contractors. In this article I have set out some simple and practical tips for effective contract management based on my experience in both construction and law. This article will be particularly relevant for growing contracting businesses […]
This article explains what land is now suitable for medium density developments in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie under the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code and the benefits of the Code for developers and existing landowners. On 6 July 2018 the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code came into effect. Significantly, under the […]
Will your business be able to rely on the Security of Payment Laws when it counts? The single most important thing to do.
Disputes and withheld payments are common occurrence in the construction industry. Contractors and suppliers operate with increased risk of these occurrences if they are not prepared to use the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (“the Act”) immediately when a problem arises. I regularly get people downloading our Security of Payment Guide looking […]
Do all residential building disputes have to be determined by the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (“NCAT”)?
Generally, a builder or home owner may commence proceedings in relation to a residential building dispute in a Court of competent jurisdiction (subject to relevant limitation periods), or in the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (“NCAT”) provided that: The amount claimed does not exceed $500,000.00 (Section 48K(1)), and Proceedings are commenced within three (3) years […]
It is not uncommon for a builder to make representations to a home owner in the course of negotiations for a Residential Building Contract where the subject matter of the representation is something that isn’t expressly covered in the final contract. However, where the home owner relies on a representation made, such that they otherwise […]
Almost always, a builder must be a given a reasonable opportunity to complete their own work or to rectify any defects within their works, before any further steps can be taken by an owner to have the work done by others. Most standard form building contracts used within the building industry contain specific steps which […]
Insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund is required to be obtained by a builder entering into a residential building contract of greater than $20,000 (including GST) with a home owner prior to commencing any work under that contract. Insurance policies under the Home Building Compensation Fund provide a set period of cover for loss […]
For a home owner, engaging a builder to carry our residential building work, whether it is for a new home, renovations and extensions or a smaller project, can be a very stressful time. One of the common issues that can arise and cause conflict with you builder occurs when the building works have not been […]
By virtue of Section 18E of the Home Building Act, proceedings for a breach of a statutory warranty must be commenced before the end of: 6 years for a breach that results in a major defect in residential building work, or 2 years in any other case. “major defect” is defined to mean: (a)a defect in a major […]
By virtue of Section 18B of the Home Building Act, the following warranties are implied in every contract to do residential building work: A warranty that the work will be done with due care and skill and in accordance with the plans and specifications set out in the contract, A warranty that all materials supplied […]
When does the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act apply to the Residential Building work?
Section 7(2)(b) of the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (‘SOP Act‘) states that the Act will not apply to a construction contract for the carrying out of residential building work “on such part of any premises as the party for whom the work is carried out resides in or proposes to reside in”. Generally therefore, the […]
If you are a builder carrying out residential building work, there may be situations when you would like to suspend the building works. Commonly this occurs when a home owner fails or refuses to pay a Progress Claim. This can cause problems for a builder who, naturally, may be reluctant to continue carrying our the […]
As a residential builder, obtaining payment from home owners can sometimes be a source of concern. Of, course, prompt payments can be assisted by issuing Progress Claims when you are entitled to do so and having good communication withe home owners and processes in place to ensure Progress Claims are paid on time. Needless to […]
Can I still Recover Payment for Variations and Extras where there is No Written and Signed Contract Variation?
If you enter into a contract with a home owner to undertake residential building work and the contract price exceeds $5,000.00, then the Home Building Act provides that any variation must be in writing and signed by both parties prior to the variation works commencing. If a variation is not in writing and signed by both […]
If works to your home remain incomplete after the period that the contract stipulates works ought to be complete, then it is likely that the builder is in breach of the contract. Most contracts will require that a home owner give the builder a notice particularising the breach and provide that the builder has a […]
Insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund is required to be obtained by a builder entering into a residential building contract of greater than $20,000 with a home owner prior to commencing any work under that contract. Insurance policies under the Home Building Compensation Fund provide a set period of cover for loss caused by […]
Disputes as to the timeliness, quality, value and compliance of works in residential building contracts are all too frequent. Commonly, relatively simple disputes get out of hand quickly as emotions run high and parties seek to “hit the other where it hurts”. Home owners refuse to pay and builders refuse to build. If you’re a […]
With the increasing use of emails both for communications and for sending and receiving documents, it is becoming common for businesses to send tax invoices by email. Perhaps in light of this growing trend, there have been some recent amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) in relation to […]