Post by Rich80105
On Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:56:30 -0800 (PST), James Christophers
Post by James Christophers Post by George
On Sun, 29 Nov 2020 18:53:10 -0800 (PST)
The RMA requires engineers.
Reports and surveys
Only takes an anomaly and my $20000 can go as high as $100000 even
before any remedial work can start...
Then another engineer can suddenly find yet another point where
the building work stops and more remedial work is required
1. Contingency factor. That's business. In fact, construction companies
have a higher risk and rate of failure than most other kinds of companies, with
those that have been in business for only one to three years being most at
risk. But the history shows that even long-established companies can go to the
wall as readily as new ones.
Some years ago it was a 'feature' of some industries to see companies
closing and new ones starting - so "Joe Smith Construction 2002" may
fold and "Joe Smith Builder 2004"" started, which after a while closes
and "Joe Smith Developments 2008" starts . . . Does that still
Post by James Christophers
2. RMA costs may well be an additional component of the overall risk. You
know this legal **certainty** is a given before you even sign up for the caper.
You also know that the Act has been in place for the past 30 years. So if you
can't stand the heat, why hang around in the kitchen?
3. What has compliance with the RMA have to do with **remediation** of work
done or in hand but of a quality too badly executed to be fit for purpose?
As a ratepayer, I hope my Council covers the costs of perusal of plans
and proposals, construction inspections (the Council gets sues for
signing off while the construction company has folded . . .), and the
costs of any eventual litigation - remember the slips out of Dunedin
(Green Island?), leaky buildings? Do any of those costs relate to the
As a ratepayer, I also want to kow that I am not paying for the cost
of extra work for water, power, sewage arising from greater density or
new areas adding load. If a street of quarter acre 1-story houses is
replaced with 5 story apartments, will my rates go up for the extra
load on pipes carrying sewage?
There are a lot of houses being built at present, but I still have no
idea of the relative costs of issues relating to the RMA vs other
costs. Perhaps it is quite small, given that a lot of development
costs seem to be being left to existing ratepayers to share . . .
You could start here. It may be quite extreme but it gives some indication of
the idiotic legislation that the RMA has become under several governments.
It is obvious that such a monster will introduce costs.