When is Practical Completion achieved?

Year Published: 2015

Practical Completion is a state of affairs in which the building has been completed free from any defects that can be seen (‘patent defects’) other than ones that can be ignored as ‘trifling’. In other words, the defects (and the rectification of them) that can be seen do not interfere with the use and occupation of the premises.

Before issuing a certificate of practical completion, the person that issues it should think very carefully about whether the employer and/or occupier may suffer a financial loss resulting from interference with the use of the premises caused by defects being rectified at the same time as the building is occupied.

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