What To Do If A Builder Does A Bad Job?

How long do you have to sue a builder?

Ten years from the date the home was substantially completed tends to be the longest any homeowner can wait to file suit..

What if a builder does a bad job?

In the first instance you have to give the builder or tradesman the opportunity to put right any damages. You cannot simply get a new contractor in to repair the situation and then claim back the cost. As soon as you are aware of a problem, you need to contact the builder and explain the situation.

How do I report bad workmanship?

If none of these courses of action are appropriate or successful, you can contact us for assistance on 13 10 50 or by email to contact@safework.nsw.gov.au. You can also report unsafe work online using Speak Up. Report unsafe work via Speak Up. It’s quick, easy to use and confidential.

How long does a builder have to fix defects?

For contracts signed on or after 1 February 2012 the statutory warranty period for major defects is six years, and two years for all other defects.

What to do if a builder walks off a job?

When complete, you should pay the 2nd builder in full, and then claim off the first builder the amounts you have paid to get the job complete. Give him 7 days to pay, then take to the small claims court, listing all details in full and any compensation losses you are entitled to. Hope this helps.

What to do if your builder is taking too long?

If your builder is taking too long even after you have talked to them about it, you may want to consider taking them off the job and getting someone else to finish it.

How do I get my money back from a builder?

Definitely you can recover your money back with interest from the builder from the date of your payment till realization. As a first step you need to issue him a legal notice through your advocate and thereafter it is advised to approach the consumer forum for claiming compensation.

Is it OK to pay builders in cash?

Although there are no legal consequences for paying builder in cash as it’s a perfectly legitimate transaction, with no proof of the services or their cost, any poor workmanship (or if the business goes bust mid-job) means your options become severely limited. Put simply, No Receipt = No Proof.

How much should I hold back from my builder?

You should only hold back payment equivalent to what any snaggings cost to put right. The only other thing you could hold money back on would be the roof to ensure it is watertight. This would mean that either you wait until the first rainfall or ask the builder to water test it.