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Contractor's liabilities towards employer's defective building work claims during defect liability period

Lim, Tze Shwan (2011) Contractor's liabilities towards employer's defective building work claims during defect liability period. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Built Environment.

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The contractor's liability towards the defects discovered during defect liability period is related to the issue of their rights and liability during that period. The issues included are the employer?s obligation to notify the contractor of defects, the contractor's liability towards defective work caused by design defects, materials supplied by employer and whether the contractor?s liability to warn the employer if any faulty design that they knew about. The objective of this research is to identify the defective building work claims made by the employer for the defective building works during defect liability period and the circumstances whether the contractor is liable to the claims. The findings of this study show that, during the defect liability period, the contractor is liable and has the duty and rights to return to the site to rectify the defects and the employer is under the obligation to notify the contractor of the defects discovered. The contractor is not liable for the defective work caused by the quality of materials provided by employer, supplier choosen by employer and designer's defective designs. But, it is the contractor?s liability to warn the employer of the faulty designs. The contractor is in breach of contract when he fails to rectify the defect during the defect liability period, and is liable to pay damages to the employer. The damages under employer's defective work claims are cost of rectification, loss of amenity and consequential loss. The contractor is not liable for the full cost of rectification when the employer fails to give the notice of defects or refuses the contractor to rectify the defects. The contractor is liable to the damages for the loss of amenity when the work is not up to the satisfaction of the employer. The contractor is also liable to compensation for the consequential loss. The case analysis show that the employer can claims under the contract and common law. This study can use as a guidance for the employer and contractor on their legal rights and liability in respect to the defective works which appear during defect liability period.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Master of Science (Construction Contract Management)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2011; Supervisor : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maizon Hashim
Uncontrolled Keywords:faulty design, contractor's liabilities, rectification
Subjects:T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:33932
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:30 Sep 2013 15:43
Last Modified:27 May 2018 16:11

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