The leaky homes crisis has been one of the most damaging and costly events in New Zealand history. People affected by a leaky home are often in distress, and need assurance, as well as expert legal assistance.

There are issues of timing. Claims need to be brought within 10 years - which means within 10 years of the completion of the original work or Code Compliance Certificate.

Under the Building Act 2004 there was a change in the way the time period was calculated where defects were not obvious. If you are in a situation where you are considering a claim, or are involved in any way as a builder or developer, then it is critical that you get legal advice promptly.

Expert evidence can be crucial – often there may be several contributing or competing causes.

How to fix problems and associated issues of cost can be a source of dispute as well (for example patching, rebuilding or recladding).

John’s Experience


John has acted for a variety of people affected by leaky homes – from owners to builders, trades people and suppliers. John’s clients benefit from his wide experience of both Building and Construction, Commercial and Court processes, to get the best outcome.

Contact John on (09) 477 0333 or email him to find out more about how his services in relation to Leaky Homes can help you.