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Common Building Disputes in Sydney

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Building disputes are on the rise. Here are the most common building disputes that our specialist construction lawyers usually deal with

We definitely understand how construction can be a high stress, high stakes job. As a builder and hardworking business owner, you want to earn the most profit as you can, pay your people, and in the long run, grow a sustainable company. As a homeowner, you want to get your money's worth and can get quite disappointed when you get something that is not up to your high expectations.

In our more than 10 years of experience specialising in Sydney construction law, we have dealt with so many types of clients and personalities, and various legal situations. Sometimes, people just clash, stress levels quickly heighten, and disputes quickly escalate. Even with the most diligent planning and best intentions, some projects just do not go as planned. In some cases, it can’t be helped when two parties cannot resolve the issue amongst themselves. Knowledgeable advisors should then step in.

Contract Specialist can help you deal with your situation. We encounter these very common building disputes in NSW every day so you can be sure that we have worked on a case and situation that is quite similar to yours. Do these cases sound familiar to you? It might be best to give us a call immediately if your answer is Yes.

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Common Building Disputes are usually caused by the following situations:

1. Non-payment, under payment, and late payment for works completed

Late, under or non-payments, ballooning expenses, and wasted man hours can bring so much unnecessary stress to busy business owners such as yourself. You need to pay your people, work on more projects, and run and grow your company. If for some reason, your homeowner client has refused you payment, Contract Specialist can help enforce your rights.

The Security of Payment Act 1999 is the law that regulates payment practices in the building and construction industry in Australia. It gives contractors and subcontractors the right to defend themselves against unjustified late payments and non-payments.
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2. Disagreement as to the scope or quality of works

Sometimes homeowners can have unreasonable expectations, wanting materials and output way beyond their budget and requiring extra work to be done for free.

Sometimes builders deliver work less than what was promised and written in the contract, putting homeowners in a less than desirable position since they did not get the quality they expected for their dream home.

Contracts Specialist can help deal with these types of building disputes. We are knowledgeable in the Home Building Act 1989. We will go over scope of work stated on your building contract, explore all your legal options, and guide you through litigation.

3. Delay with progressing with the work or abandonment of works

Slow progress and delays in completing a construction project can have a significant financial impact on the homeowner and the contractor. When building disputes about delays and abandonment cannot be resolved by the parties themselves, it may fall to the courts or arbitrators to determine which party or parties are responsible for the delay and who must bear the increased costs caused by it.

Contracts Specialist can help both homeowners and contractors deal with such building disputes. We can look over your situation, guide you through court proceedings, and it might be possible for you to claim damages.
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4. Poor builder workmanship

Defective work can span from water leaks, faults in waterproofing that only come up after strong rain, tiling or plumbing problems, concrete spalling, cracks in foundations or walls, use of incorrect or subpar materials, to work not compliant with drawings and specifications.

The Home Building Act 1989 states that a homeowner can seek compensation for defective residential building work to be improved and rectified when a builder has failed to carry out work as stated in the contract.

Contract Specialist can review your building contract and advise you on what legal steps you can take.

5. Poor communication between parties

Slow progress and delays in completing a construction project can have a significant financial impact on the homeowner and the contractor.

When building disputes about delays and abandonment cannot be resolved by the parties themselves, it may fall to the courts or arbitrators to determine which party or parties are responsible for the delay and who must bear the increased costs caused by it.

Contracts Specialist can help both homeowners and contractors deal with such building disputes. We can look over your situation, guide you through court proceedings, and it might be possible for you to claim damages.
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As building dispute lawyers, Contracts Specialist will help you enforce and defend your legal rights– whether you are the homeowner, a builder, or subcontractor.

We’ve worked on a lot of common building disputes in NSW so you can be assured that we know what we’re doing. We will go over the scope of work stated on your building contract and investigate whether a breach has been made. We will explore all your legal and construction dispute resolution options, and we will guide you through litigation. We will work for the most favourable result at an ideal timeframe.

John Dela Cruz is an expert in construction and building law and is very familiar with the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). He has extensive experience being a lawyer for unique to even the most common building disputes in Sydney, so you can be assured that you will be in good hands.

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