The costs of a massive fire from 2007 involving a utility company from San Diego cannot be passed onto the customers, according to a ruling from the California Public Utilities Commission. San Diego Gas & Electric was looking for approval to bill its customers the $379 million in costs from multiple deadly fires started by power lines back in 2007.
Construction contracts have two purposes: (1) protection and (2) expectation. By achieving these purposes, they serve to protect the contractor and the client. They also relay the expectations that both parties have for the project.
If you are a contractor, one risk management tool to include in your contract with homeowners is the construction contingency clause. This is a percentage of the contract value that is reserved for unanticipated changes in your work's breadth and scope.
As we recently discussed, construction law encompasses a host of issues that impact this field. One area that is particularly distressing is when a homeowner is subjected to a contractor who doesn't do what the homeowner paid for. This can leave the homeowner with a portion of the home that isn't usable. In the worst cases, the entire home will be uninhabitable.
Construction law comprises many different circumstances. If you think that you will have to take legal action because of any issue with the construction of a structure, you should explore construction law.
We recently discussed California's leaning tower. These condominium owners are now facing heartbreaking and frustrating scenarios. The building is leaning, some walls are cracking and the property value has plummeted.
Construction disputes aren't ever pleasant for either party; however, there are times when they become necessary. You shouldn't have to live with a substandard result. Whether you are dealing with defective products or improper planning, getting the problem corrected is a top priority.
A lot of planning has to go into getting a building constructed. When you hire contractors to plan the project and get it going, the last thing that you want to happen is to find out that there are issues with the building. The foundation is one important consideration, especially in California, where earthquakes are a constant threat to structures.
When you have work done on your home, you might not be asked to pay for everything upfront. This doesn't mean that you won't have to pay. Construction companies can file for a contractor's lien on your property if you don't pay for the work that was done.
Construction projects have to meet all applicable laws or they are at risk of being shut down. The so-called bullet train that is set to be built in California has several laws to comply with. One type of law that it has to meet is an environmental law; however, the $64 billion train is at risk of being delayed.