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Electrical Disputes

Laws ensuring the compliance of your electrical work change constantly in order to make sure all electrical work gets completed with the most recent safety measures in mind.


For this reason, electrical work often does not comply with the latest safety standards. With the cost of electrical work many owners and contractors alike choose to take shortcuts to save some costs. These shortcuts might work fine at first but can create expensive repairs much later on.


When working with an existing structure it is also a good idea to first determine what fittings will be compatible with your electrical work. Buying the wrong fittings is an extremely costly affair.


The best way to avoid or deal with electrical disputes is to go with your contractor/electrician when all electrical fittings must be purchased. This will ensure that there is limited room for misunderstandings and miscommunication.

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.