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Building Disputes Victoria

It’s an unfortunate reality that certain problems that arise between owners and builders can lead to one party taking legal action against the other. If that’s the case, you’ll need expert independent advice from somebody with experience in dealing with these often complex matters.

What does a dispute look like?

One common scenario is the construction process has been ongoing for a longer than expected length of time and the owner has reached their breaking point. There may be defects that haven’t been properly fixed, and the job has dragged on way beyond the initial time-frame.

The owner therefore wants to part ways with their current builder and move on with the project without them.

The difficulty here is that they will need to make a claim against their existing builder, which can often take months or even years to resolve. BSS Group helps minimise the time taken to reach a resolution, by providing clients with a solid report outlining all defects that are potentially claimable and a summary of the work required to reach completion.

VCAT Building Disputes

It’s an unfortunate reality that certain problems that arise between owners and builders can lead to one party taking legal action against the other. If that’s the case, you’ll need expert independent advice from somebody with experience in dealing with these often complex matters.

When an owner is unhappy with the quality of their building work and has been unable to reach a satisfactory conclusion by dealing with their builder directly, BSS Group can offer practical guidance and cost estimates associated with rectifying any defects.

We’ll also develop authoritative reports that can be used by a solicitor to help reach an agreement at a preliminary or mediation stage, minimising the costs associated with litigation and VCAT hearings.

All reports are prepared by qualified staff with vast experience, under the supervision of a BSS Director. Our team prides itself on a proven track record for providing the most practical and useful information, our broad experience meaning we know exactly what we are looking for

Stage of Works

If an owner in dispute with their builder decides to terminate a contract, BSS Group can conduct Stage of Works and Defects reports, documenting what stage everything is at, any defects, and who was responsible for each element of the build at the time of termination.

This report can be presented to a new builder for reference and to protect them from any claims made in the future relating to work they were not responsible for.

If you need guidance to reach a satisfactory resolution to a building dispute, call BSS Group to find out how we can assist.

Need a dispute resolved?

Throughout any construction, owners, builders and developers can experience significant problems relating to the standard of work, and time or cost overruns.

Independent and impartial advice from BSS Group can provide vital support in helping to achieve the best possible outcomes for all parties.

Thank You!

“We just wanted to say a massive thank-you! Your report gave us the confidence to push on, knowing we could take it to VCAT if we had to. In the end, we didn’t have to. That’s got a lot to do with you, especially the follow-up calls you took during the DBDRV process, which we appreciate enormously.”

Building Disputes Melbourne

BSS Group gives clear and authoritative advice in relation to building codes and standards, as well as developing reports outlining the areas that need to be addressed and rectified. Whether it’s a new build or renovation, many issues can arise during construction that may result in official action being taken by one of the parties involved:

  • Bowed slabs and floors
  • Shoddy or cracking brickwork
  • Leaning walls
  • Drainage problems
  • oundation movement
  • Slab heave
  • Leaking roofs and balconies
  • Dampness

A Step by Step Guide to Resolution

  • Raise any concerns with your builder in the first instance.
  • If you’re unable to reach a satisfactory resolution, contact BSS Group with your concerns.
  • We will conduct an assessment of any defects, before advising on your best next steps.
  • Depending on the situation, we’ll recommend a variety of different measures, ranging from mediation to legal action.
  • We’ll develop cost estimates relating to the work required to rectify the issues.
  • In addition, we’ll provide a report that can be used by a solicitor when working to reach an agreement at the mediation stage.
  • If mediation is not an option or is unsuccessful, the next stage will be litigation and/or a VCAT hearing.

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