Delay in Home Building
There is delay when construction takes longer than the period agreed upon in your contract. In the HIA contract, the Building Period and Practical Completion state the duration within which the home building project should take, and the date when it should reach practical completion, respectively.
Which HIA Clauses Deal with Delay?
A Notice of Extension of time is required to be given by the Builder if they foresee that construction will be delayed. If the Home Owner approves, the delay will be allowed and will not give rise to dispute.
On the other hand, if no Notice is give, or if the delay is made without the Home Owner’s consent, the Builder will be considered to be in default, and will be liable to pay Liquidated Damages.
When is There Delay?
There is delay when construction fails to reach practical completion by the date written in the contract. However, not every delay renders the Builder liable for damages, as for example, when the delay is covered by a Notice for Extension of Time.
When Delay Turns to Dispute
Delay turns into a building dispute if the delay is not covered by a Notice for Extension of Time, or when the delay is unreasonable.
How to Settle Dispute from Construction Delays
Navigating Construction Delays with Home Building App (HBA)
Construction delays can lead to significant disputes and complexities under the HIA NSW Residential Building Contract. HBA, your ultimate information hub, provides homeowners with the tools and information needed to effectively manage these delays, ensuring a smoother construction process.
Simplifying Delay Management in Construction
- Effective Communication: Utilise HBA’s communication tools to handle extensions of time and negotiate delays transparently with your builder.
- Document Organisation: Keep track of all document such as notices, and supporting documents in an organised manner, aiding in the resolution of disputes.
- Risk Management: Manage and monitor the progress of your construction project, reducing the risk of disputes arising from delays.
How We Can Help
Facing construction delays and feeling uncertain about your next steps? At Contracts Specialist, we understand the intricacies of delays under the HIA Building Contract. I am a solicitor and construction lawyer with over a decade of experience specialising in construction law. Throughout my career, I’ve consistently advised homeowners in NSW, Australia, about their contractual and legal rights. My expertise extends to representing homeowners in all courts of competent jurisdiction. I’ve provided guidance on delays under the HIA Building Contract, helping homeowners understand their contract rights, risks, and obligations, and have even negotiated and amended contracts to align with their intentions.