Are your estimates accurate?

John Green, founder and director of the Building Disputes Tribunal, a building and construction dispute resolution service provider in New Zealand, has spoken out in a recent article about the unfair and ‘draconian’ nature of many residential construction contracts. In his opinion, residential contracts are skewed in favour of builders for two main reasons: The contracts…

Scam hits construction industry

Be on the lookout for a new scam that is targeting the residential building industry. The scammers, believed to be based in Nigeria, have hacked builders’ email accounts and are sending bogus invoices to clients, with instructions to pay the money into a different account than usual. The scam has claimed thousands of dollars off…

Body corporate reform on the way?

Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith has said that his office is currently reviewing a report on reforming the Unit Titles Act. The Act was last updated in 2010. The Government’s review appears to have been prompted by a strong push from the property sector to tighten up regulation around the governance of apartment buildings,…