201804.01
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VBA Show Cause process

From 1 September 2016, the VBA introduced a show cause process to replace the existing Building Practitioner Board (BPB) disciplinary process. The new process allows the VBA to take disciplinary action against a registered building practitioner (a practitioner) where it “reasonably believes” that one or more of the grounds set out under section 179 (1)…

201804.01
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Is it a Penalty Clause?

Is it a Penalty Clause? Is someone trying to hold you liable for breaching a clause which you believe may be a penalty? Many commercial contracts have clauses that stipulate compensation in the event that a contractual term or an obligation is breached. The general rule is that if the clause is a liquidated damages…

201608.30
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Building Legislation Update – What you need to know!

A large percentage of Victorian domestic building projects are completed to a high quality standard. There are however reported instances when things do go wrong, and when they do, it is predominantly the consumers that are left to suffer the consequences. It is for that very reason that the Victorian Government has passed the Building…

201608.26
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Is a family member claiming an interest over your family land?

The principle of indefeasibility (the State guarantee as to ownership of land) applies only to Torrens title land. Ownership of Old System title is certain only if another person with a better claim cannot be established. Adverse possession is a legal principle that enables a trespasser (or adverse occupier) who has been allowed uninterrupted and exclusive…

201511.06
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Your Payment Claim and Schedule Must Match Your Adjudication Documents

In the case of Leighton v Arogen [2012] NSWSC 1323, Arogen was subcontracted by Leighton to supply horizontal directional drilling services. Arogen delivered a payment claim to Leighton in excess of $6.2 million. Leighton disputed this amount and therefore Arogen filed an adjudication application seeking to obtain a determination that Leighton owed it $6.2million. Pursuant…

201510.29
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When does Completion Actually Occur?

The definition of “completion date” has been widely litigated. Consequently, s 3B was inserted into the Home Building Act 1989 (the “Act”). Pursuant to s 3B of the Act, the completion date of residential building works occurs: when the work is complete within the meaning of the contract; or on practical completion. With this definition…

201510.29
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What is the Building Code and When Does it Apply?

In our article titled “Fair Work Targeting the Building & Construction Industry” we notified our mailing list that the new Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012 came into effect (the “Act”) on 1 February 2013. Furthermore, we provided our readers with an outline of the objectives of the Act. In this article we notify our…

201510.29
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What happens if you don’t obtain sufficient insurance?

Licenced contractors must insure their building works pursuant to s 92 of the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) (the “Act”). Nevertheless, there have been several disciplinary proceedings brought against licenced contractors who have failed to obtain insurance. In the case of Pobjie v Commissioner for Fair Trading, Pobjie Agencies (“Pobjie”) was contracted to perform building…

201510.29
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Reforms to the Home Building Act

The Department of Fair Trading previously announced that New South Wales will be undertaking a reform to the State’s building laws. Minister Anthony Roberts indicated that their first priority is to create a framework which will minimise the chance of problems which often arise during home building and to ensure there are measures in place…