With extensive experience in the management and resolution of building and construction disputes, the BDTSA is fast becoming is fast becoming a recognised and respected entity.

The BDTSA provides nationwide services to the building and construction industry as well as members of the general public.
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Drainage Disputes

The location of sewer lines and or existing drains often gets overlooked when plans are drawn up for new structures or alterations and/or extensions. This may lead to more pressure on the existing drainage network than it can handle which in turn will lead to numerous expensive call-outs for plumbers.


Roof surfaces, surface water and waste water disposal is just a few of the factors that needs to be taken into consideration when doing any contractual work.


Re-development of areas also creates potential problems as the existing infrastructure rarely can provide for group or cluster housing and in order to save costs the existing structure rarely gets upgraded.


The best and only way to avoid disputes later on, is to appoint the qualified plumbers and drainage engineers from inception of the project. Remember your building contractor is knowledgeable about building work, but not necessarily about plumbing/drainage work.

Technical (in the legal sense) disputes – these are disputes that arise out of non-compliance with the technical requirements for making and responding to payments.

Merit based disputes are disputes about the merits of the parties arguments in terms of the construction contract that governs their relationship.


Remember that the contract could be orally or in writing. For obvious reasons a written contract is the first prize as oral contracts are sometime difficult to prove.

Typical merits-based disputes include disputes in relation to:


• non-payment for work undertaken;
• contract interpretation – what the parties actually agreed;
• scope of work;
• quality of work;
• quality of materials;
• time for completion;
• estimates vs actual cost;
• variations – whether certain work is in fact a variation to the agreed scope of work and the value of that varied work;
• defective work;
• scope and cost of rectification work.