This Irish Trade Contract is in the form of letter. Under it a developer or property owner appoints a contractor for specialist works, anything from brickwork to roofing or plastering. The contract letter’s 18 paragraphs cover:
- start date and duration
- general obligations
- goods and materials
- site access and activities
- the contract price
- completion and defects period
- insurance and liability
- ownership and risk
- subletting and assignment
The contract is made when the client signs and sends the letter in duplicate to the contractor and the contractor countersigns a copy and returns it to the client.
This Irish trade contract was developed originally for a home owner or selfbuilder but it can be used more widely. As well as the contract terms, there is an appendix plus schedules to include details of the scope of work, pricing and payment arrangements. This document is an Irish law version of our document B153. As with our documents B152 ans IE152, the Irish Trade Contract was developed at the request of Self-Build Zone, a company providing 10 year warranty insurance for self-builders.
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This Irish trade contract is a user-friendly agreement. It is in the form of letter under which a developer or home owner appoints a specialist contractor.
There is also an Appendix with some contract-specific details such as the start date, completion date, insurance requirements, etc. And the Schedule can set out details of the work to be carried out the contract price and payment terms. The contract is compatible with the Construction Contracts Act in Ireland.
The contract is made when the client signs and sends the letter in duplicate to the contractor and the contractor countersigns a copy and returns it to the client. This approach has the same contractual effect as a document which is prepared in the more traditional way, with a Form of Agreement, Conditions of Contract etc.
The text is reasonably self-explanatory and does not need detailed notes. The Schedules need to be completed in detail and we have in Schedule 2 given some ideas/examples of price and payment details.
For a more comprehensive and formal contract when a contractor is carrying out the main work of building a house and employing subcontractors, form IE152 Building Contract is recommended.