By: Alexanderdorrington  06-Dec-2011

  • A Bill providing for leaky homeowners to get up to 50% of their repair costs from Government and Council has been proposed.

  • The Building Act review continues. The Building Amendment Bill (No 3) had its First Reading on 9 December 2010. It introduces 4 categories of building consent.

  • The Department of Building and Housing is calling for submissions on how well the Construction Contracts Act 2002 is working in practice.

  • The new Act is not yet in force as the regulations are being finalised. We expect it later this year or early next. Those involved in unit titles will need to be ready as the transitional arrangements are concerned only with the body corporate rules and maintenance.

  • Two labour only subcontractors have found themselves liable in negligence to the current and future owners of a house they had helped build. Yes, it was a leaking problem.

  • The 2009 amendment to the Building Act is (in the most part) now in force. It introduces a new regime 'national multi-use approvals'. This is to enable volume builders of simple buildings to obtain prior approval from the DBH to plans and specifications.