Building work

This part of the site provides legal information and documents to help you through a building project, from setting up the initial contracts through to dealing with any complaints during or after work has been completed. We provide a range of fixed-priced services to cover many situations - from contracting with a builder through to successfully terminating if the work is not completed satisfactorily.

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Contracting with a builder

Use this letter to request an estimate or a quotation from a builder for undertaking building work. An estimate is an educated guess at what a job may cost, whilst a quotation is a fixed price for the… Read more
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This document is a contract for a contractor to carry out small-scale building work to a residential property. It is intended for use by the owner of the property or the contractor. It should only be used… Read more
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Managing a builder

If you have agreed a date for completion of building works, or been given an indication of a date, and the work has not been completed by your builder, you can use this document to create a complaint… Read more
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Use this document after you have sent our 'Request faulty building work to be fixed' and 'Letter enclosing estimates to complete building work' and your new builder has completed the outstanding work. If… Read more
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Use this document after you have sent our 'Request faulty building work to be fixed' and 'Letter enclosing estimates to complete building work' and your new builder has completed the outstanding work. If… Read more
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If you have terminated your builder's contract using our ‘Letter terminating contract for failure to complete outstanding building work’, you can then use this letter to enclose the estimates… Read more
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You can use this letter if you have sent the letter 'Request faulty building works to be fixed' and the matter hasn't been resolved. With this letter, you can send the builder copies of estimates that you… Read more
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Use this letter to terminate the contract with your builder and to advise him/her that you will be employing another builder to complete the work. Before using this document, you should have sent our… Read more
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If you have instructed a builder to carry out work for you, and the final invoice has exceeded the quotation or estimate, you can use this letter to reject your builder's bill. An estimate may be slightly… Read more
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If you or your builders need to go on to your neighbour's land to carry out necessary repair works on your property, you can use this letter to request access. If your neighbour refuses consent, you might… Read more
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If you have employed a builder whose work was faulty or who used materials which did not conform to the contract, use this letter to ask them to fix the faults free of charge. It warns that if they don't… Read more
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