The laws that apply to new construction and remodeling projects in New York are constantly in flux. Even if a client who wants to build or remodel their home once understood the limitations on New York construction projects, the rules may since have changed.
An analysis of edifices in Manhattan determined that approximately 40% of them would not meet the current requirements established by the state and local authorities. What can you do to protect your company when a client requests design elements that do not meet local or state construction codes?
You may need to educate the client
The first thing that construction and design firms need to do with a client who wants unrealistic or illegal design elements is to educate them about what New York law requires and permits.
If they understand the rules that govern the construction of buildings or changes to existing facilities, they may adjust their expectations for the project accordingly.
Protect yourself in your contract and design
If the client decides to move forward with the project, there are several ways that you can protect your company.
The first is by having them sign written documents affirming that they know the design they requested may face challenges or may not get the necessary approval from local authorities. The second would be to create a backup plan in case you cannot get the variances or other legal permissions necessary to make their dream home a reality.
Identifying strategies for addressing common causes of construction disputes can help your company take on the best projects with minimal conflict and delays.