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As of January 1st 2015 there will be new consumer protection measures in place. 

Cabinet have put these new measures in place as a result of the Building Amendment Act 2013. These measures are to encourage a professional transparent relationship between contractors and clients

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment have created a few resources that will help implement these measures. Resources include:

  • Disclosure statement template
  • Checklist
  • Guidance booklets for contractors & homeowners


In summary, these measures include:

  • Mandatory written contracts for residential building work costing $30,000 or more (including GST)
  • A requirement for building contractors to provide checklists and disclose certain information for residential building work $30,000 or, more (including GST) or when they are asked for this
  • Minimum content that must be included in all residential building contracts
  • Clauses that are taken to be included in a residential building contract that does not contain all the minimum content, or in contract for work $30,000 or more (including GST) that is not in writing
  • Information that a building contractor must provide to their client after the building work is completed
  • Infringement fees of $500 for breaching the contract, disclosure or checklist requirements  


To view the new consumer protection measures and to download the available resources click here

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