Building & Construction Law

Building & Construction Law 24/10/2018 by Ned Mortensen

Mid Tier Construction Contracting Essentials: How to make it and not go broke.

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 […]

Building & Construction Law 22/10/2018 by Rebecca Wosman

New Rules now apply for Medium Density Low Rise Developments in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

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 […]

Building & Construction Law 15/10/2018 by Sam Roberts

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 […]

Home Building Law 13/02/2018 by Sam Roberts

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 […]

Home Building Law 13/02/2018 by Sam Roberts

A builder made promises to me during negotiations that aren’t in the Contract, what can I do?

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 […]

Home Building Law 8/02/2018 by Ned Mortensen

When can I claim the costs of getting another builder to finish the job or rectify defects?

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 […]

Home Building Law 7/02/2018 by Amanda Crosbie

When can I claim under a Policy of Insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund?

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 […]

Home Building Law 30/01/2018 by Felicity Donald

Can the Department of Fair Trading force my builder to perform rectification work?

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 […]

Home Building Law 24/01/2018 by Matthew Bryan

What are the limitation periods for bringing a claim for breach of Statutory Warranty?

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 […]

Home Building Law 24/01/2018 by Matthew Bryan

What are the Statutory Warranties implied under the Home Building Act?

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 […]

Home Building Law 24/01/2018 by Matthew Bryan

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 […]

Home Building Law 24/01/2018 by Ned Mortensen

When can I suspend work?

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 […]