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Residential Construction Law

By: Philip Britton, Matthew Bell, Deirdre Ní Fhloinn, Kim Vernau
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Published: 23-09-2021
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 696
ISBN: 9781509939237
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £110.00
Online price : £99.00
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About Residential Construction Law

This is the first book to offer a systematic and analytical overview of the legal framework for residential construction. In doing so, the book addresses two fundamental questions:
Prevention: What assurances can the law give buyers (and later owners and occupiers) of homes that construction work – from building of a complete home to adding an extension or replacing a shower unit – will comply with minimum standards of design, safety and build quality?
Cure: What forms of redress - from whom, and by what route - can residents expect, when, often long after completion of construction, they discover defects?

The resulting problems pose some big and difficult questions of principle and policy about standards, rights and remedies, which in turn concern justice more generally.

This book addresses these key issues in a comparative context across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is an accessible guide to the existing law for residents and construction professionals (and their legal advisers), but also charts a course to further, meaningful reforms of the legal landscape for residential construction around the world.

The book's two co-authors, Philip Britton and Matthew Bell, have taught in the field in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; both have been active in legal practice, as have the book's two specialist contributors, Deirdre Ní Fhloinn and Kim Vernau.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Residential Construction: Defects in Context
3. Regulation of Residential Construction
4. Contract Law in Residential Construction
5. Beyond Contract: Other Rights of Legal Action
6. Consumer Protection: Other Forms
7. Insurance and Third-Party Warranties
8. Inspections in Residential Construction
9. Pathways to Individual Redress
10. Time Limits for Taking Action
11. Multi-Unit Developments: Blocks of Flats
12. Conclusions


“This much-needed and excellent book fills a real gap in the residential construction field. It is a practical, comprehensive guide, packed with highly authoritative analysis and all presented in a most readable form. One of the book's many strengths is that it takes a comparative approach, discussing problems and remedies in Ireland, New Zealand, the different states in Australia and in each of the three main jurisdictions within the UK.” –  Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE, Chartered Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator, Atkin Chambers, UK

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