Building contract for a home owner/occupier who has not appointed a consultant to Details of the adjudication scheme are available at Having recently completed a ‘grand design’ of his own using the JCT Minor Works contract, Julian Record investigates whether the JCT Home Owner contract. JCT homeowner contract is suitable for a homeowner who wants to employ a builder, this contract is designed to protect the homeowner.

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JCT Homeowners Contracts

If you have not reached agreement with your builder on the things in the contract then you need to do so. Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP.

If these things are agreed at the beginning then the potential for disputes is dramatically reduced. Both parties’ health and safety obligations. Interested in the next Webinar on this Topic? What happens if the works are delayed. Most commercial buildings, such as offices and shopping centres, are built using JCT contracts.

Events from this Firm. The contracts can be obtained from RIBA bookshops www. Energy and Natural Resources. How disputes are to be resolved. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances. All services are Director led with over 15 yrs experience in practice A responsive, tailored service Plain english, pragmatic advice Excellent value for money. Preparing a contract may sound like a daunting prospect, but it is, in fact, extremely straightforward because there are standard documents available for home owners to use.

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Under both contract the employer may terminate the contract, subject to a minimum of 7 days notice, for non-performance. Fee and payment arrangements.

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Since the publishing of the Hackitt Interim Report in December and the Final Report in Maythe Government has been under increasing pressure to revise building regulations There are two versions of the building contract, one to be used where a consultant has been appointed to oversee the work, and one where the homeowner will oversee the work.

Who owns the copyright in documents prepared by the consultant. If not at all then it would be best to assume that any bad weather which delays the works will necessitate an extension of time.


Furthermore, both contracts do not allow for either commencement or completion in contractually binding phases, so if this is required, the Intermediate Building Contract may be more suited rather than amending the contracts. All that is required is to add details of the particular project. The stages need to be carefully defined and quantified so as to avoid front loading or advance payments from occurring which is largely avoided by payments in confract for work completed under MW The contracts are drafted in clear, simple language and come with guidance notes.

How changes to the services are to be dealt with. It carries more weight and authority than HO09, a clear example of this being the damages provisions for late completion which are incorporated into MW The JCT has been producing standard form building contracts for over 75 years which are used within the commercial construction industry. Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment. Homeownfr changes to contrat works are to be dealt with.

Working hours and facilities which the contractor can use. Conversely their presence does provide reassurance to clients and, as already touched on, they provide a lever with which to help manage performance. Within the extensions of time provisions HO09 also provides that the contractor can claim any reasonable costs where delayed by the customer e. Fancy a city break anyone? The length of time the work will take. The parties’ names and addresses. Indeed both rely on good communication and a contrac approach to work.

This is a risk which may be quite high with certain gomeowner, such as those on tight urban sites or in close proximity to old buildings, and in such cases it may be advisable to take homeownre a special policy for the benefit of the employer.

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The services the consultant will provide, in stages, before and after building work starts. Both contracts stipulate that no further monies become due until the work has been finished by another contractor. The above aside, maintaining cashflow is particularly critical for small contractors and it is not unusual for advance payments to be required so it is vital that bank references are sought, financial checks undertaken and references obtained from recently completed projects to ensure that the risk of default, having paid over a significant sum of money, is reduced.

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In practice my sense is that many employers ask their builder to use a certain party yet neither contract makes any provision. For example, subsidence or vibration resulting from the carrying out of the works might cause such damage, even though the contractor has taken reasonable care. A common omission is insurance against damage caused to property which is not the result of the negligence of the contractor. How disputes are to be dealt with. Returning to HO09 it also comes in two forms: For the inexperienced client that is a positive starting point but the structure and the language are also refreshingly simple to follow, being the contract specifically designed for use by home owners.

The Draft Scottish Budget In reality where works are undertaken in an occupied property some phasing will be necessary for the employer to use or occupy part of the works during the time that the contractor is on site.


The homeoowner appointment sets out: Coverage Regional and National coverage. Webinar – Construction Law Update: The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Neither HO09 or MW11 provides for the appointment of named or nominated sub-contractors thus avoiding a complicated area of contract law. Miss these vital ingredients and any project will fail, which in a nutshell is no different with much larger projects.

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