This pack provides the key documents required to create a basic legal record of the agreement you make with a builder when you engage their services for work. It provides a request for work estimations that should be completed in order to document the scope of the work that will be undertaken for the agreed price, and a small scale contract that will dictate the terms under which the work will proceed. It also provides important documents that can be used in the event of a problem during the course of your building project, such as the need to engage with your builder on a series of actions that might be required to get the project back on track or within budget, or to make good any building problems that have occurred. In the worst-case scenario it also provides documents that can be used to terminate a contract or seek redress.
See the individual information associated with each document in this pack for a full description of their use.
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 fix the work, you will employ another builder and recover the costs and/or reject the non-conforming goods.
This letter is suitable for use by a business or consumer. If you are a consumer and the contract was made after 1 October 2015, this letter includes your claim under the Consumer Rights Act to have the builder re-do the work and/or repair or replace the faulty materials. It warns that if the builder does not take such action, you will claim a price reduction and/or damages.
Note that in some situations (e.g if the faults are serious or dangerous and you can't risk further faulty work), it might be reasonable to skip this letter and move straight to the step of asking a new builder to fix the work and ask the original builder to pay the costs of a new builder.
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 where the owner lives in (or intends to live in) the property as a residence. It is not suitable for:
This contract is suitable for use in the UK only.