Delay in Home Building
When the construction of your new home takes longer than what you and the Builder agreed to in your contract, and the Builder has not sent a Notice for Extension of Time, there is Delay, which may be a source of building dispute.
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Is Delay Always a Cause for Dispute?
When does Delay become a cause for dispute?
How to resolve the dispute
If the Builder incurs Delay, or if you want to contest their claim for Extension of Time, you may refer to your contract’s clause on Dispute Resolution Procedure.
Typically, this involves, first, an honest effort to resolve the matter internally and informally amongst yourselves, without the involvement of third parties. Open and honest communication is key.
If the matter remains unresolved, you may send the Builder a Notice of Dispute, and it will be followed by a meeting to negotiate, with a genuine attempt to resolve the dispute.
If the dispute is not resolved within 10 business days, you may lodge a complaint with Building Advice and Conciliation Victoria, or ask for an inspector to be appointed.