Know your rights, do your homework and rebuild with confidence

Posted: 31 May 2017

MBIE has updated its suite of booklets for homeowners and contractors completing residential building work. You can read these resources online, download them or contact MBIE for copies.

For homeowners: Know your rights

If you’re a homeowner considering residential building work, you need to know about the consumer protection measures, which encourage a professional, no-surprises relationship between you and your contractor. Knowing your rights and obligations will help you make informed decisions about your building work.

Know your rights: A homeowner’s guide to the consumer protection measures when building or renovating

For contractors: Do your homework

If you’re a contractor doing residential building work, it’s your business to understand the consumer protection measures, which encourage a professional, no-surprises relationship between you and your client. This booklet will guide you through the key consumer protection measures related to residential building work including contracts, checklists and disclosure statements, as well as what information you must give the homeowner.

Do your homework: A contractor’s guide to rights and obligations when contracting with homeowners

Rebuild with confidence

This booklet is for homeowners affected by the Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquakes to help them plan and manage the rebuild or repair of their home.

Rebuild with confidence: A guide for homeowners rebuilding after the Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquake

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: