Any party to a complaint before the Building Disputes Tribunal (BDT) who has an order made against them is required to comply with it in a similar way as would be required in any court of law.
The BDT can determine both workmanship and certain contractual complaints and can order a person to remedy faulty or unsatisfactory work or order a person to pay.
If a builder won’t return and complete work in accordance with an order to remedy, the client may apply to the Tribunal for the order to remedy to be revoked and replaced with an order to pay.
An order to pay constitutes a debt due to the person to whom it is ordered and is recoverable in the Magistrates Court. If a builder doesn’t comply with an order to pay, the client will need to apply to the Tribunal for a certified copy of the order. This can be lodged with the Magistrate’s Court for enforcement.
Acknowledgement: Building Dispute Tribunal