In our line of work we can, at times, get too focused on our jobs and shut out the world. On 28 May last year, certain amendments were made to the Home Building Act (1989) that could have a bearing on contractors who carry our restumping and renovation work. We have made a list of certain important laws that contractors should keep in mind.
The new law replaces the definition of “structural defect” in section 18E of the HBA with the concept of “major defect”.
A “major defect” is defined in new section 18E(4) as:
A “major element” is also defined in section 18E(4) as:
The limitation period for commencing proceedings for an alleged breach of a statutory warranty is 6 years for a “major defect” and remains 2 years for defects that are not major defects.
Defences available to a defendant under section 18F are broadened. Under new section 18F(1)(b), it is a defence to a claim for breach of a statutory warranty if the defendant can prove the deficiencies complained of arise from its reasonable reliance on written instructions from a relevant professional acting for the person for whom the work was contracted and who is independent of the defendant.
Tradespeople who carry out foundation work, renovations, and repairs, need to carry out their tasks “with due care and skill.” Other changes include:
If you are confused about any of these changes please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Melbourne Restumping for more information.