Building & Construction

Home Building Compensation Fund

In recent months you may have heard the news about Tasmanian Constructions (Hotondo Homes franchise in Hobart) going into liquidation. Tasmania does not have a requirement (since about 2008) requiring Home Warranty Insurance. However, in NSW there is a requirement for home building compensation fund (Home Warranty Insurance) cover to be taken out by the …

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Settlement Offers and Costs Ramifications

The general rule with respect to legal costs is that costs follow the event, unless the court determines that some other order should be made. In other words, if you win a legal case, you are entitled to recover your legal costs from the losing opponent, unless the Court says otherwise. A scenario where the …

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Briefing an expert? Make sure your expert complies with the requirements of an expert witness

The Evidence Act 1995 (NSW) provides that evidence of an opinion is inadmissible (s.76(1)) except where the witness providing the opinion has specialised knowledge based on his or her training, study, or experience and the opinion provided is wholly or substantially based on that knowledge (s.79). In other words, opinion evidence is admissible if a …

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An introduction to new the obligations under the Design and Building Practitioners Regulations 2021 (NSW)

The NSW Government has introduced a new suite of obligations on design and building practitioners. The new obligations are aimed at restoring consumer confidence and ensuring construction is compliant with building standards. The new obligations are governed by the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) and the Design and Building Practitioners Regulations 2021 …

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Why it is important for a Builder to have their Building Contract reviewed.

For a Builder entering into a Building Contract with a Homeowner, it is a long-term, expensive commitment. It should then make sense to have a professional spend some time reviewing that Building Contract and provide advice before you sign. This way, you are able to familiarise yourself with the Building Contract and the general building …

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Why it is important for a Homeowner to have their Building Contract reviewed before signing?

For a Homeowner entering into a Building Contract with a Builder, it is a long-term, expensive commitment. It should then make sense to have a professional spend some time reviewing that Building Contract and provide advice before you sign. This way, you are able to familiarise yourself with the Building Contract and the general building …

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