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Can’t agree impact of time and money changes to your project? The owner is driving us to a dispute!!

Where an owner refuses to agree time and money impact of changes on the project.

Our experience of disputes on projects has taught us that some owners don’t play by the rules. Or, at least, they like to bend the rules to suit them.

Here, I take a look at the tactics owners use that can force a contract into dispute, resulting in the contractor incurring substantial additional costs, whilst souring the relationship between contractor and owner.

I consider there to be five telltale signs that an owner is not playing it by the book and thereby putting your project at risk.

Number 4: not agreeing time and money impact of changes

Where an owner acknowledges reports of delays or changes, they still might distract from the running of the project. They may do so by refusing to agree with a contractor’s valuations of variations or claims, by either requesting unrealistic additional detail or information, or by blatantly refusing to deal with these issues during the project.

Such cases might involve an owner attempting to force a contractor to finance the changes to a contract, or promising to ‘do a deal’ at the end of the project – rarely does a deal at the end favour the contractor.

In the final part in this series of blogs, I’ll explain what you can do if this does occur.

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