New Build Contracts


Buying a new build property can be an exciting prospect. However, before you get swept away by the gleaming show homes and promises of a brand new space, it’s crucial to understand the legal framework surrounding your purchase. The contract you sign with the developer forms the backbone of the transaction, outlining your rights and obligations. In this article, New Build Contracts, we will delve deeper into the subject.

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Types of New Build Contracts

There are two main types of contracts used in new build property purchases:

  • New Homes Warranty (NHW) Scheme Contracts: This is the most common type of contract for new build houses and apartments. It offers some protection to buyers through a warranty provided by an NHW provider.
  • JCT Contracts (Joint Contracts Tribunal): These are more complex contracts typically used for larger developments or those with a higher value. They offer a detailed framework for managing the construction process and resolving disputes.

Key Elements of a New Build Contract

Regardless of the specific type of contract, several key elements should be present:

  • Property Description: A detailed description of the property you are purchasing, including the plot size, floor plans, specifications of fixtures and fittings, and any agreed-upon upgrades.
  • Completion Date: The anticipated date by which the property will be ready for you to move in. This date is usually an estimate, and the contract should outline the process for handling potential delays.
  • Purchase Price and Payment Terms: The agreed-upon purchase price and the payment schedule, including any stage payments linked to construction milestones and the final payment on completion.
  • Snagging List and Rectification: The contract should establish a process for identifying any defects or unfinished works after handover (snagging list) and the developer’s responsibility for rectification within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Warranties and Guarantees: The contract details the specific warranties offered by the developer and the NHW provider (if applicable). These typically cover structural defects for a defined period (usually 10 years).
  • Termination Clauses: These clauses outline the circumstances under which either party can terminate the agreement (e.g., significant delays, material defects).

Additional Considerations Beyond the Contract

While the contract is paramount, other crucial factors to consider when buying a new build property include:

  • Building Regulations and Planning Permission: Ensure the property complies with all relevant building regulations and planning permissions are in place.
  • Leasehold vs. Freehold: Understand whether you are purchasing a freehold property or a leasehold with associated ground rent and service charges.
  • NHW Provider and Warranty Details: If the contract falls under the NHW scheme, research the specific NHW provider and the details of the warranty coverage.

Blackstone Solicitors: Your Advocate in New Build Property Purchases

Blackstone Solicitors can assist you throughout the new build purchase process:

  • Contract Review: Our legal team can meticulously review your new build contract, ensuring it protects your interests and clarifies any ambiguous terms.
  • Explaining Complex Clauses: We can explain the legal implications of different clauses in the contract, empowering you to make informed decisions.
  • Negotiation Support: If necessary, we can assist you in negotiating specific aspects of the contract with the developer.
  • Snagging List Management: We can guide you through the snagging process, ensuring all identified defects are rectified before completion.
  • Dispute Resolution: Should disagreements arise with the developer, we can help you navigate the dispute resolution options outlined in the contract.


Understanding the intricacies of new build contracts is crucial for safeguarding your investment in a new property. By seeking legal guidance from Blackstone Solicitors, you can approach the purchase process with confidence, ensuring a smooth transaction and a stress-free transition into your new home.

How we can help

We have a proven track-record of helping clients deal with the legal implications of construction. We will guide you through all the necessary legal due diligence in a comprehensive and timely manner and support and advise you with all the negotiations. We firmly believe that with the right solicitors by your side, the entire process will seem more manageable and far less daunting.

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Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and does not constitute legal advice on any individual circumstances.

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