New building laws to corral cowboys

New measures aimed at clamping down on shoddy builders will be imposed from next year.

The changes will require builders to have written contracts, provide information on their relevant backgrounds and qualifications and to disclose their insurance and warranty cover for residential building work valued over $30,000.

The changes to the Building Act were made last year, with Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith confirming today they would be imposed from January 1.

Builders face instant fines of up to $500 if they’re caught failing to comply.

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