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Contracted for residential pergola build. Spouting downpipe

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Contracted for residential pergola build. Spouting downpipe leaks as consequence of builder rough wrenching spouting during build. No corrective action since builder advised. Am i legally obliged to pay construction cost before leak resolved?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 8 months ago.

Normally when a construction project is completed you are entitled to withhold an appropriate amount to enable repairs or remedial work. For a small project like this it may be easier to hold the entire sum until the repairs are completed, because as you will be aware, this will enable the builder to concentrate on the job of repairs so he gets paid. So it is permissible to withhold money until the repairs are completed

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you Chris for excellent service....appreciated
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 8 months ago.

Glad to help

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