The construction of a property or the making of additions, alterations and renovations may not always go according to plan. Misunderstandings can arise, small problems can become huge issues and parties find themselves suddenly in dispute.
Practical, timely and cost-effective building dispute advice
I have set up NBCL to give practical and cost-effective advice on the many issues that can and do arise from the operation of building, construction and other related commercial contracts.
The issues that can, and often do, arise out of construction contracts or involving strata schemes almost always concern a complex web of statutes, by-laws, regulations, case law and know-how, and involve a number of parties and their obligations. It is important, when these issues arise, to involve a lawyer who is familiar with the specific area of law.
These are the problems with which I can help.
Below is a list of common disputes encountered by many builders, house and strata property owners. These are the sort of problems with which I can help.
The home owners have a contract with builders to carry out additions and alterations to their home. The builder recommends a cost-plus contract. What should the home owners consider before signing the contract?
The builder refuses to do any more work until the home owners pay a progress payment. The home owners believe the progress payment is not due, and that some of the works carried out are defective. The builder believes he has provided a quality product and that payment is due under the contract. What should the builder and the home owners do?
The home owners come to the end of a contract for the construction of their home and are given an invoice for a sum over and above the contract price for a large sum for additional works. What recourse do the home owners have? What remedies are available to the builder?
The home owner owns a unit in a strata block. Water comes in through the ceiling and/or windows when it rains. What course should the unit owner take?
The home owner owns a garden flat in a unit block. A mature tree, planted over the boundary, is encroaching onto her garden space. What course of action should the home owner take?
A home owner has subdivided his block and constructed, at great expense, a driveway over which he has granted a right of way to his neighbour. During the course of the neighbour’s build the driveway is damaged. What can the home owner do? What can the neighbour do?