Construction Law/Warranty


I am an electrical contractor who just finished up an apartment project. The owner is now publicly bidding a solar addition for these apartments. My question is if they have another company do this work (which would entail doing work on the utility meter which is connected to every electrical component in the apartment), is it legal for us to void our warranty on all electrical components?

Dear Jason,

Thank you for this question.

The principal issue is whether the future work will or is likely to cause damage to your installations. You cannot simply void the warranty unilaterally, however, if true you can formally advise the owner that its proposed modification is likely to render the warranties void as the installed equipment is not intended to be used in the manner in which the owner now intends.

I hope that this assists you.

Kind regards,
John Dowse

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John Dowse


Legal; contract interpretation; quantum; delay analysis. Practitioner in arbitration, adjudication and mediation.


Thirty-three (33) years experience in building and construction, at all levels both within contracting and consulting organisations. Practising arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator. Faculty approved trainer for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Lecturer on construction contract forms and dispute resolution practices.

Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Institute of Directors Society of Construction Arbitrators

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LLB (Hons), Pg Dip (Legal Practice), MCInstCES MCIArb MIOD Barrister

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