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The Statutory Duty of Care and the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020

The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Design Act) received assent last week with the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW) (RBA). The Acts are part of NSW’s response to the flaws in the compliance and enforcement systems in the building industry and the public outcry that has followed the […]

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Pullicin and the jurisdictional maze of s106 (5) claims

In The Owners—Strata Plan No 74835 v Pullicin and The Owners—Strata Plan No 80412 v Vickery [2020] NSWCATAP 5 the Appeal Panel, constituted by the President, Deputy President and a Principal Member, settled the vexed question of whether the Tribunal had jurisdiction to consider a lot owner’s claim for s106 (5) SSMA damages. Section 106 (5) damages can […]

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Security of Payment update: Court of Appeal clarifies controversy of the Supporting Statement

In TFM Epping Land Pty Ltd v Decon Australia Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 93 the Court of Appeal has confirmed that a non-compliant supporting statement by a head contractor will not invalidate a payment claim or render ineffective service of a payment claim under the Building and Construction Security of Payment Act 1999 (SoPA). This 14 May […]

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Contract is King—High Court restricts availability of quantum meruit

In Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 32 the High Court clarified the availability of the restitutionary remedy of ’quantum meruit’ to a builder in the specific circumstances where the builder terminates the contract following repudiatory behaviour of a homeowner. A literal translation of ‘quantum meruit’ is ’the amount he deserves’. It can […]

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Reform to Security of Payment Legislation

Federal Government to review Security of Payment laws.  Last year the Federal Government commissioned a review of its nationwide Security of Payment laws.  The resulting “Murray Report’ made 86 recommendations including the adoption of a national framework and the extension of the laws to residential building work. Currently, it is only subcontractors working for a […]

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Insolvent Builders & the Contractors Debts Act 1997

The Contractors Debts Act 1997 is often overlooked but, used correctly, can assist unpaid subcontractors, typically tradesmen, suppliers or labourers, when they are owed money by a builder. In these circumstances, the CDA entitles a subcontractor to leapfrog over the builder and obtain payment directly from the principal (or home-owner) who engaged the defaulting contractor. […]

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Statutory warranty claims on contracts made prior to 1st February 2012

Appeal Panel rules on controversy over statutory warranty limitation periods In Gregorio v Cheale [2018] NSWCATAP 118 the Appeal Panel revisited the issue of whether a seven year limitation period applied to statutory warranty claims where the contract was made before 1 February 2012 and confirmed that it does. The appeal concerned a defective works […]

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Disputes between residents living in different States

High Court restricts NCAT’s powers – Burns v Corbett In Burns v Corbett [2018] HCA 15 the High Court unanimously held that NCAT does not have jurisdiction to hear matters between residents of different states, otherwise known as ‘diversity jurisdiction’ (see section 75 (iv) of the Constitution. In upholding the Court of Appeal decision the […]

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The Preferred Outcome Principle for defective building work

THE PREFERRED OUTCOME PRINCIPLE Section 49MA Home Building Act 1989 Section 48MA of the Home Building Act 1989 says that rectification of defective residential work by the original builder is the ‘preferred outcome’ of the proceedings. In Clements v Murphy [2018] NSWCATAP 152 NCAT’s Appeal Panel considered whether this principle extended to incomplete work as […]