4 July 2015

Updated JCT Home Owner Contracts

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has released a new edition of its consumer-focused Home Owner Contracts for 2015. Both versions have been brought up to date with current consumer legislation, specifically reflecting the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations, and have also been redesigned for ease of use.

Having a contract in place during a domestic building project gives both the contractor and the consumer security, particularly in the event that any problems arise, and the JCT Home Owner Contracts set out clearly the expectations and responsibilities of both sides. They are easy to follow and have been written without any technical or legal jargon, receiving the Plain English Campaign’s Crystal Mark for Clarity.

There are two versions of the JCT Home Owner Contract, depending on whether or not the homeowner is using a consultant to oversee the work, and both cover all areas essential to home improvement projects including:

• The nature of the work to be done
• The price of the work and payment schedule
• How long the work will go on for
• Who will be applying for planning permission if required
• The homeowner’s and contractor’s responsibilities.

Deputy Chief Executive Jo Fautley said:

“By using a Trade Association Member, homeowners can be confident that they are working with a reputable company that meets recognised standards of competence. Having a JCT Home Owner contract in place gives both sides peace of mind about the project and what to expect as it progresses.”

The JCT is the leading provider of standard forms of building contracts and, to purchase the updated Home Owner Contracts in either hard or digital copy, visit the JCT Home Owner Contracts website.