Re: Electricity bills2
May 27, 2010 1:50 pm
What does it say in your building contract ? I am pretty sure there should be a clause for this within the contract to say who is responsible for this....
26/2 - Sales
23/3 - Colours
31/3 - Tender
14/4 - Contract
7/5 - Taps
12/6 - Site start
15/6 - Slab
27/6 - Frame
1/8 - Lockup/Fixing
29/9 - PCI
25/10 - Handover
Re: Electricity bills4
May 27, 2010 2:11 pm
As said above, have a look through the contract. I'm not sure what was in ours, but i know until handover, electricity was in the builders' name. Once a date had been set for handover the builder then had to contact the electricity company to get the power cut off.
The admin from the builder then called letting us know the date that we had to have our power organised by, or else we would be without power.
Who are you building with?
Re: Electricity bills5
May 27, 2010 2:34 pm
My gripe with my builder is I don't own the home pre-handover so why should I be paying for the electric bills?
Because you own the land, and the electricity is servicing the entire property, not just the home.
Our contract states that the electricity will be connected by our Builder as an inclusion in our Site Costs, with usage paid by them until handover. The total usage paid is then charged back to us as a PCV prior to final settlement and a change of ownership is completed.
Built a Tribeca 44 with the Big M
Sales Accept 15/06/09, Contract Signed 24/09/09, Site Start 23/11/09, Slab 11/12/09, Frame 12/01/10, Roof 20/01/10, Lock-up 30/03/10, Fixing 30/04/10, Handover 27/08/10.
Re: Electricity bills6
May 27, 2010 3:04 pm
My builder connected it and paid for it up until handover. When I signed the contract I also signed paperwork to have the account transferred into my name upon handover. If I then wanted to change suppliers it was up to me to do so.
Re: Electricity bills7
May 27, 2010 8:18 pm
It's standard in Vic for the builder to pay - of course, the cost will be built into the contract price. Nothing's free...
I have no idea what the go is in other states, but if your contract doesn't specify, you could call Consumer Affairs for some advice. http://www.buildadelaide.com.au/advice/resolve.html
They should be able to point you in the direction of state regulations and standards.