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Construction law and you

March 21, 2012

When developing residential real estate, it is important to ensure that building industry procedures are being met as the work is being done.

Accidents, underpayment or any other unlawful practises occurring during the construction of your property could have potential negative long-term negative consequences if not handled correctly.

Residents of the north coast of New South Wales are to be reminded of legal responsibilities related to housing development this week (March 21 to 22), with a visit from inspectors representing the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC).

Stopping in Kempsey and Port Macquarie, the inspectors will check the books on various building sites to ensure correct payment procedures are taking place.

"They will also provide guidance on workplace laws, correct record keeping and dispute resolution procedure." said ABCC commissioner Leigh Johns.

Mr Johns wants to enforce existing laws to see to it that everyone is getting paid appropriately for the work they are doing.

He said: "If employees think they are not receiving the entitlements they deserve, they should speak with an ABC inspector while they are in the area. Private meetings can be arranged."

It would be beneficial for residential property owners who may be building or renovating to refresh their knowledge of construction law.

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