Warranties and guarantees on building

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The law requires a builder to meet certain obligations when they do building work. These are called:

  • 'warranties' in the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, and
  • consumer guarantees’ in the Australian Consumer Law.

You have rights under both laws.

Consumer guarantees and implied warranties apply by law and cannot be signed away.

You can use your implied warranties to make sure your building contractor:

  • uses good workmanship
  • delivers everything listed in your contract
  • ensures everything is in working order.

For a full list of the implied warranties, view our Implied warranties and domestic building insurance checklist page.

For more information about your rights under the Australian Consumer Law, view our Guarantees that apply automatically page.