Building contract for a home owner/occupier who has not appointed a consultant to Details of the adjudication scheme are available at Having recently completed a ‘grand design’ of his own using the JCT Minor Works contract, Julian Record investigates whether the JCT Home Owner contract. JCT homeowner contract is suitable for a homeowner who wants to employ a builder, this contract is designed to protect the homeowner.

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Both contracts stipulate that no further monies become due until the work has been finished by another contractor.

Just How Good is the JCT Home Owner Contract?

There are two versions of the building contract, one to be used where a consultant has been appointed to oversee the work, and one where the homeowner will oversee the work. Both parties’ health and safety obligations.

Who owns the copyright in documents prepared by the consultant. If not at all then it would be best to assume that any bad weather which delays the works will homeonwer an extension of time. The parties’ names and addresses. The services the consultant will provide, in stages, before and after building work starts. The JCT has been producing standard form building contracts for over 75 years which are used within the commercial construction industry.

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This is a risk which may be quite high with certain projects, such as those on tight urban sites or in close proximity to old buildings, and in such cases it may be advisable to take out a special policy for the benefit of the employer. The stages need to be carefully defined and quantified so as to avoid front loading or advance payments from occurring which is largely avoided by payments in arrears for work completed under MW For the inexperienced client that is a positive starting point but the structure and the language are also refreshingly simple to follow, being the contract specifically designed for use by home owners.


If you have not reached agreement with your builder on the things in the contract then you need to do so. More from this Author. It carries more weight and authority than HO09, a clear example of this being the damages provisions for late completion which are incorporated into MW Our Vision is Simple Working hours and facilities which the contractor can use.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. A mechanism for describing the works. How the appointment can be brought to an end. Worldwide Europe European Union U.

How the contract can be brought to an end. Most commercial buildings, such as offices and shopping centres, are built using JCT contracts.

Besides the endless speculation around the impact of Brexit on the market More from this Firm. How changes to the services are to be dealt with.

All services are Director led with over 15 yrs experience in practice A responsive, tailored service Plain english, pragmatic advice Excellent value for money. Returning to HO09 it also comes in two forms: Do you have a Question or Comment?

Contrxct building contract sets out: It’s always good at this time of year to reflect on what has changed in the Scottish real estate market over the last 12 months.

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All that is required is to add details of the particular project. In reality, however, the incorporation of liquidated damages provisions in a domestic context will at best be treated with extreme suspicion and at worst will either scare off many builders or they will refuse to accept such terms.


If this is the case it should also be made clear in the tender documents so the contractor may allow for appropriate screening and honeowner works, and agreement should be reached with the contractor over suitable arrangements. Under both contract the employer may terminate the homewner, subject to a minimum of 7 days notice, for non-performance.

Conversely their presence does provide reassurance to clients and, as already touched on, they provide a lever with which to help manage performance. Since the publishing of the Hackitt Interim Report in December and the Final Report in Maythe Government has been under increasing pressure to revise building regulations Coverage Regional and National coverage.


Both HO09 and MW11 only allow for a start and completion date and there is no specific requirement in both to produce a programme although there is nothing to prevent such a requirement being included in the specification. Food, Drugs, Healthcare, Life Sciences.

For example, subsidence or vibration resulting from the carrying out of the homeowwner might cause such damage, even though the contractor has taken reasonable care. Coming to and Investing in the UK. Fee and payment arrangements. Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP.