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||Posted: 05 Jan. 2019,09:10
Most councils and other landowners will use OTT specs to protect them from litigious parties who pounce upon any slight defect, fault or problem as the opportunity to fund a holiday in Florida or elsewhere. Many of us actual practitioners, and many of the inspectors responsible for assessing and checking the work, are more than aware of this and use our common sense when possible. That's why, with the spec you quoted, the base course may well never actually be installed.
If you are indeed liable for the maintenance period, then pursue the contractor/installer/agent with all urgency. There will be a reluctance to carry out any repairs during this defects period, in the hope that either [a] the council adopt the apron regardless and so no cost to the installer, or [b] the installer's liability expires with the end of the defects period, and you become liable for any repairs ordered by the adopting authority.
Get them to accept liability, in writing, while the defects period is still in operation, and, if possible, get them to carry out the repairs before the adoption assessment.
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