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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Renovation Disputes

The meaning of renovation work includes design and engineering work and quantity surveying work in respect of all contracts entered into.


Often the exact type of material or type, extent and quality of finish is not specified in a contract such as cupboards must have post form tops or marble tops. Plumbing equipment and light fittings or electrical power points often escalate costs because of a lack of specifics in a contract.


The importance of a building agreement (even for minor renovation works) cannot be emphasized enough. Common pitfalls of a typical renovation includes the amount (if any) could be retained by the owner and only paid out upon satisfactory completion of the snag list, what should happen to material and equipment no longer require, rubble removal and garden rehabilitation. A simple renovation project can therefore quickly lead to disputes and frustrations.

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.