I was on the Huddle last night with Larry Williams and Bill Ralston.
Our topics were:
Law Commission/ Joint Liability report.
Some relief could be coming the way of local councils and their legal liabilities in matters such as leaky building syndrome.
The Law Commission is recommending modifications to joint liability laws that would effectively cap their liabilities in building negligence claims.
Under the proposals, caps would be set at 300 thousand dollars for a single dwelling, 150 thousand dollars per unit for residences in a multi-unit complex, and a three million dollar cap per multi-unit developments.
The recommendations will have to be considered by the Government.
Home Owners and Buyers Association president John Gray says that will leave consumers in the dark. He says leaky homes are still being built, and when the building industry comes under pressure to build more homes the same problems are likely to be repeated. He says there should be a mandatory insurance-backed warranty behind the auditing process of local authorities, so it never reaches court.
Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule says the proposals would still see councils facing a disproportionate share of the costs, and the risks. He says if the Government wants councils to make the building consent process faster and cheaper, it needs to reduce the risks that councils face. Read more »