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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Flooring Disputes

Flooring disputes generally arise out of poor contractual documentation and/or defective work and/or materials.


Time constraints often lead to flooring that gets installed in a substandard manner. This usually results in buckling of floor boards, abnormal gaps, loose surfaces and cracking.


Prior mistakes or miscalculations in the building work will also be brought to light when one starts with the flooring as this is an extremely unforgiving medium to work with and mistakes will easily be seen afterwards, e.g. skew walls or uneven concrete work.


Before the owner can take on the contractor for faulty flooring, the real cause of the problem needs to be established. The problem might be deeper than what is visible on face value.

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.