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The lesson is this; when the builders leave, carefully examine the work, time is running!



It is common in building agreements for the “employer” to hold back some monies due to the builder/contractor under the contract. This money is known as “retention money”.


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The reason for this lies in a practice common in the construction business, of issuing “letters of intent”. The intended purpose of these is to start the process of negotiation of the terms of the contract (or even to just gain time while the contract is being drafted), but to avoid inhibitions in the commencement of work.


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As the court noted, there was not a clear contract in writing agreed between the parties. (Drawings and specifications were not sufficient to meet the need).