Defective Building Work

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Need support and guidance for your defective building work claims? Dunn Right Legal can help

One of the major causes of building and construction disputes we deal with is defective building work. Where a building has a defect, the owner has statutory and contractual rights to have the defect rectified.

The definition is relatively consistent across each Australian state; generally speaking, it refers to work that does not comply with the building code or relevant standard.

Defective building work can include work that is not carried out in accordance with the approved plans and specifications, work that is not of the correct quality, or work that has been improperly installed.

It can also include sub-standard materials or products that have been used in the construction of a building.

If you believe that you have received defective building work, you can contact the contractor or tradesperson who carried out the work to try to resolve the issue directly with them..

If you are unable to resolve the issue directly with them, we suggest lodging a complaint with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and scheduling an appointment with one of our lawyers today.

We service Australia wide with appointments available on-site, online and face-to-face. You can meet with a lawyer about defective building work in Wynnum at our head office.

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What is considered defective building work?

Unfortunately, defective or incomplete building work is a common issue in Australia, and it can be incredibly costly for homeowners.

It’s important to understand what constitutes defective building work and how you can go about making a claim if the need arises.

That’s why Dunn Right Legal’s lawyers are here to explain what you need to know about defecting building work claims.

Defective building work has a wide definition. It is work that:

  • Is faulty or unsatisfactory; and
  • does not comply with the Building Act, Building Code of Australia or Australian Standards; or
  • involves a manufactured product that has not been used, constructed or installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Defective work can be structural or non-structural:

Structural defective building work

This is work that adversely affects the structural performance of a building, the health and safety of occupants, functional use of a building, or allows water to penetrate.

Non-structural defective building work

This is work that does not meet a reasonable standard of construction or finish expected of a competent licence holder or has caused a settling-in period defect in a new building.

What constitutes ‘building work’?

Building work encompasses everything from the erection, construction, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of buildings to the provision of lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water supply, sewage, or drainage.

It extends to include the preparation of plans or specifications for:

  • Building construction work
  • Fire protection work
  • Mechanical services work
  • Dite testing
  • Classification
  • Termite inspections
  • Building inspections

How to make a defective building work claim

Fortunately, there are many useful remedies available to help get your defects fixed or get you an appropriate amount of compensation.

Insurance or QBCC

Your first port of call might be home warranty insurance or QBCC but limits apply to both.

Find a defective building work lawyer

If you’ve exhausted your options with home warranty insurance or QBCC, there may be remedies available to you such as having the defective work rectified or being awarded a monetary amount. If you need assistance with a defective building work claim, call us today and we can help you assess your options and the pathways to having the defective work rectified.

In order for a person to make a claim against a contractor, builder or developer for defective work, they must provide evidence demonstrating that their property was damaged as a result of poor craftsmanship.

This evidence could include:

  • Quotes and reports from building contractors identifying the defective building work, work required to fix and associated costs
  • Photos of defects or faulty materials; and
  • Any other documentation relating to the project which will demonstrate negligence on behalf of those responsible for carrying out the work.

Contact Dunn Right Legal for assistance with defective building work claims

If you believe you have been affected by defective building work, then there are steps you can take towards filing a successful claim in court.

It is important to get in touch with an experienced lawyer who has expertise in dealing with building and construction matters.

At Dunn Right Legal, we have many years of experience representing clients who have suffered financial losses due to defective building work.

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What happens during a construction dispute?

We aim to engage with our clients to understand the real cause of the dispute and their desired outcomes.

This helps us to work with the other party to resolve the dispute with a commercial solution, rather than starting with aggressive litigation.

Building and construction disputes usually follow a three-step procedure.

Step 1: Meeting

We meet for an initial appointment. This helps us get to know you, take details of the defective building work, understand your desired outcome and explain the process for making a claim.

Step 2: Gathering information and preparing your case

It is necessary to compile and gather all relevant information to prepare your case. This could include collating the contract documents, evidence of the defective building work and any correspondence passing between you and the head contractor.

Step 3: Action

Lastly, our team will guide you through the legal process. This can include entering into negotiations, alternative dispute resolution processes or litigation.

Book a strategy call today

We invite you to make contact with our experienced team today. Take advantage of a free strategy call by booking an appointment online.

Alternatively, give us a call on (07) 3155 6251.

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