• June 20, 2019

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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The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. The contracts are drafted in clear, simple language and come with guidance notes. Within the extensions of time provisions HO09 also provides that the contractor can claim any reasonable costs where delayed by the customer e. Both parties’ health and safety obligations.


Energy and Natural Resources. If these things are agreed at the beginning then the potential for disputes is dramatically reduced. Miss these vital ingredients and any project will fail, which in a nutshell is no different with much larger projects.

Since the publishing of the Hackitt Interim Report homeownr December and the Final Report in Maythe Government has been under increasing pressure to revise building regulations Working hours and facilities which the contractor can use.


The JCT publishes two contracts for homeowners carrying out small residential building contrat such as extensions or refurbishments, which are a building contract and an appointment for a consultant to oversee the building work.

Coverage Regional and National coverage. In all likelihood it will depend on the situation and how familiar your contractor is with the JCT suite of contracts.


How disputes are to be dealt with. The building contract sets out: Besides the endless speculation around the impact of Brexit on the market Who owns the copyright in documents prepared by the consultant.

JCT Homeowners Contracts

Homeownner commercial buildings, such as offices and shopping centres, are built using JCT contracts. How disputes are to be resolved. All services are Director led with over 15 yrs experience in practice A responsive, tailored service Plain english, pragmatic advice Excellent value for money. The parties’ names and addresses. If you have not reached agreement with your builder on the things in the contract then you need to do so. Real Estate and Construction. Both hhomeowner stipulate that no further monies become due until the work has been finished by another contractor.

The stages need to be carefully defined and quantified so as to contrach front loading or advance payments from occurring which is largely avoided by payments in arrears for work completed under MW More from this Firm.

What happens if the works are delayed. In reality where works are undertaken in an occupied property some phasing will be necessary for the employer to use or occupy part of the works during the time that the contractor is on site.

Just How Good is the JCT Home Owner Contract?

The architect’s appointment sets out: 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. Preparing a contract may sound like a daunting prospect, but it is, in fact, extremely straightforward because there are standard documents available for home owners to use.


How changes to the services are to be dealt with. I like the simplicity of HO09 and would have no hesitation using it …. They are very easy to use. However, the Minor Works contract is in fact quite a sophisticated document and, although intended for smaller projects domestic or otherwise, can be used on larger ones provided that the project requirements are relatively straightforward. Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. 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 Be aware though that failure to grant as much access as is necessary to complete the works will entitle the contractor to an extension of time!

Returning to HO09 it also comes in two forms: 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. Furthermore, both contracts do not allow for either commencement or completion in contractually binding phases, so if this is required, the Intermediate Building Contract may be more suited rather than amending the contracts.