RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION HANDOVER - KNOW YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES   Construction Handover

At the completion of a residential construction project (that commenced after 1 January 2015), the owner must be supplied with:

  • a document outlining the maintenance requirements for their house especially that maintenance required to maintain warranty validity
  • copies of all applicable warranties and guarantees that apply to materials or service
  • copies of any insurances that continue for the benefit of the owner

For guarantees/warranties, information must cover:

  • how to make a claim
  • whether the guarantee/warranty is transferable or not
  • whether it needs to be signed and returned to the issuer in order to be valid

Also applicable is the defect repair period, which is in force for 12 months from the date residential building work is complete (all building work agreed between the client and the contractor is finished). This is:

  • all the physical building work agreed in the written contract, or
  • the completion of physical building work where there is no written contract

 

Republished from BRANZ Guideline March 2016

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