If you have become aware that your home has weathertightness issues, there are a number of options that are available to you for redress. Compensation from liable parties will reduce the financial burden of costly repairs and recladding.
Strict time limits to apply to bringing legal claims. The time limits are 6 years from the date the defects became reasonably discoverable, and 10 years from when the relevant building or other work was carried out.
Claims need to be lodged within the applicable time frames to ‘stop the clock’ from running. If not, claims are generally time barred.
It is therefore important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
We can identify who the liable parties might be, assess the relative legal strengths and weaknesses of the possible claims against them.
Selecting the correct forum
If you decide to pursue a claim, there are a number of options open to you. Claims may be brought and decided in the District Court, High Court or the specialist Weathertight Homes Tribunal. Alternatively, claims may be settled amongst the parties as a result of negotiation or mediation.
We have the knowledge and experience to advise you on the best options for you.
Supporting the Claim
If you are bringing a claim, it is essential to support it with strong evidence. We have close relationships with building industry experts who can provide the necessary technical advice and expertise.
Government Financial Assistance Package (FAP)
We can advise on your eligibility for the Government’s Financial Assistance Package. If you are eligible, the FAP covers approximately 25% to 50% of the repair costs (and some incidental costs). Claims can still be made against other liable (non-contributing) parties for the remaining approximately 50% to 75%.