Building A New House
Jul 17, 2020 1:47 pm
Can a builder demand final payment if electricity meters have NOT been installed yet?
The Occupancy Permit has been issued, and the builder has issued final invoice even though the work hasn't been completed (other things I have told him to fix). I told him i am not paying the final invoice until he "finishes" the outstanding things. He said ok he will finish end of the week (Effectivey he issued it a week early – I have this in writing). I also read the HIA contract and it says final payment due after occupancy permit and its been agreed that the work is completed.
I am wondering if not having the electrical meters installed yet falls under the work is not complete yet?
Re: Can Builder ask for final payment-no ElecMeters installe4
Jul 19, 2020 6:35 pm
Will you check all the lights, PowerPoints and electrical appliances are correctly installed and all work before paying?
Well yeah I would like to. My question was more is if the builder has issued invoice prematurely?. Because none of that has been tested as there are no electrical meters installed. He is supposed to finish the other the stuff I told him to fix this week. But we haven't really spoken about electrical meters as I assumed it would of been connected by now. It's been a month since his electrician submitted paper work. There has been clearly been a mix up between AGL, Jemena and his electrician.
Just wondering if he can turn around and say the electrical meters situation isn't his problem. Which to be honest if he does I'll just tell him I can't accept the hand over. As the units aren't useable without meters/electricity.
Re: Can Builder ask for final payment-no ElecMeters installe5
Jul 20, 2020 11:03 am
Assuming you have a standard HIA contract with no special clauses about this, it is the builders responsibility to ensure everything including electrical, data and plumbing items etc are installed and tested and before practical completion and handover. Send them a letter saying your are disputing their final invoice is due because your house is not yet completed. When the meters are installed check everything, require the builder to demonstrate operation of these to you to ensure that everything works properly before accepting the job is done.
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