7 Certification

7.1 One of the most important duties of the contract administrator under IC16 is the issuing of certificates of payment. Failure to carry out this duty with a reasonable degree of care will put the employer at considerable risk. It is not unheard of for contractors to become insolvent during the course of a contract, and if the certificates have been overvalued the employer may suffer losses which could have been avoided.

7.2 On the other hand, the contractor has a right to be paid what the terms of the contract state is due, and the provisions introduced through the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act (HGCRA) 1996 were partly as a result of the common occurrence of employers withholding payment without due cause. ...

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