Contractors are usually quick to submit variation claims to the client asking for additional time and/or money. These construction claims are a result of changes and additions that the client has made to the construction works, or because the project conditions which could have been expected on the project are different (more adverse) than those actually encountered.
But, sometimes the client makes changes, or there are other events, which could shorten the time the contractor takes to complete the project, or which reduces the contractor’s costs. Very few contractors voluntarily offer to provide a negative variation to the client - one which reduces the project cost or the time to complete the project. Should the client request a price or time reduction this is often met with indignation by the contractor.
When Can Clients Ask for Money Back from the Contractor?
Clients can ask for money back, and in some cases even a reduction in the construction duration when:
Clients can also claim money back from the contractor when:
It should be noted that in all cases the contractor should be charged a fair price and the contractor is entitled to request a breakdown of the charges and costs.
When Can’t a Client Ask for Money Back from their contractor?
It is important to note that the client can’t ask the contractor for money back if:
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