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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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The length of time the work will take.

The JCT publishes two contracts for homeowners carrying out small residential building projects such as extensions or refurbishments, which are a building contract and an appointment for a consultant to oversee the building work.

What happens if the works are delayed. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.


In reality, however, the incorporation of liquidated damages homoewner in a domestic context will at best be treated with extreme suspicion and at worst will either scare off many builders or they will refuse to accept such terms. In practice my sense is that many homeowjer ask their builder to use a certain party yet neither contract makes any provision. The contracts are drafted in clear, simple language and come with guidance notes.

The insurance provisions under MW11 are more sophisticated and provide for a greater range of projects though in the case of a residential occupier the contractor should have insurance in place for the works clause 5. 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 However, the Minor Works contract is homeowwner fact quite a sophisticated document and, although intended for smaller projects domestic or otherwise, can be used on larger ones provided homdowner the project requirements are relatively straightforward.


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I like the simplicity of HO09 and would have no hesitation using it …. The Draft Scottish Budget Do you have a Question or Comment? More from this Author. Events from this Firm.

Besides the endless speculation around the impact of Brexit on the market All that is required is to add details of the particular project.

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Just How Good is the JCT Home Owner Contract?

A mechanism for describing the works. Returning to HO09 it also comes in two forms: Miss these vital ingredients and any project will fail, which in a nutshell is no different with much larger projects. 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.


They are very easy to use. Since the publishing of the Hackitt Interim Report in December and the Final Report in Maydontract Government has been under increasing pressure to revise building regulations The above aside, maintaining cashflow is particularly critical for small contractors and it is conttract 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.

Within the extensions of time provisions HO09 also provides that the contractor can claim any reasonable costs where delayed by the customer e. That is even before they are used in a delay scenario which is often not the case, being used more homdowner a negotiating ploy and to manage performance. For example, subsidence or vibration resulting from the carrying out of the works might cause such damage, cojtract though the contractor has taken reasonable care.

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