Builders will be subjected to a new set of disclosure rules from 1 January 2015.
The new rules will require them to have written contracts, provide information on their relevant skills, experience & qualifications and disclose their insurance & warranty cover for residential building work valued at over $30,000.
Building & Construction Minister Nick Smith, announcing the rules yesterday, said: “We need to improve how building work is contracted in New Zealand to ensure better quality work, improved affordability & fewer disputes.
“We need to replace a ‘she’ll be right’ with a ‘doing it right’ culture, with increased professionalism, open disclosure & clear expectations about what work is to be done, at what price and in what timeframe.
“It is very encouraging to see the huge growth in building activity to reach their highest rates in a decade, but it is in these buoyant times when the risks are greatest for cutting corners and compromising quality. These requirements will reinforce the good practice of many building repairers while constraining cowboys only interested in making a quick buck.
“The new requirements were approved by Cabinet on Monday and were made under part 4A of the Building Act amendments made in 2013.”
Attribution: Ministerial release.