A new Standard Contract has been made available for members of the Roofing Association of New Zealand to use following the introduction of new consumer protection measures in a new part of the Building Act 2004 which came into force on January 1, 2015.
The RANZ Standard Form Contract was drawn up in association with Hazelton Law, and includes key information now required by legislation in the contract.
When dealing direct with the home owner for contracts of $30,000 including GST or more, the roofing company must provide a standard contract which must include the contract price and a description of the roofing work to be undertaken, including the materials and products to be used.
If contracting direct to the home owner, members of the Association must also provide a disclosure statement to include:
information about the company,
the key contact person and the relevant qualifications of those involved in the roofing work, and
details of insurance policies, warranties or guarantees offered.
Online template To assist, there’s a template online at www.doyourhomework.co.nz, which can be used to supply the information required on the disclosure statement.
A separate contract is not required if the roofing company has been hired by the main contractor.
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is encouraging home owners to ask for a written contract even if building work for the home owner will cost less than $30,000 including GST. This means the new RANZ document will be a useful inclusion for members’ portfolios of RANZ documents to hold on file.