Expert Witness and VCAT

When a property dispute is looming and has not been resolved between you and your builder or you need an independent expert to assist with mediation, or to present at a VCAT hearing, contact Houspect Building inspections for information and advice.

If your construction has problems and you claim the building contractor has made some errors, or there is unsatisfactory workmanship, but can’t persuade the builder, or he won’t accept liability, then you will need an independent expert Building Inspection Defects Report. You may need to approach the Victorian Building Authority disputes department, and they are likely to advise you to book a comprehensive Building Defects Inspection Report that provides you with an unbiased, expert opinion. Houspect can assist you with an inspection and report that is independent and impartial based on the Building codes and standards, to ensure all parties take a consultative approach. Our defects reports include photographs and references to the relevant building codes and tolerances.

Houspect provides professional Building Defect Inspections & Reports for dispute resolution for property owners and managers across greater Melbourne.

Depending on how matters proceed you may need to consider lodging your dispute with the Victorian Consumer Affairs Tribunal (VCAT) and our VCAT-compliant reports (using on VCAT Practice Notes) can be presented to support your claim. When requested a Houspect inspector can also present at a VCAT hearing to assist in the mediation.

About Houspect Building Inspectors

All Houspect Building Inspectors are licensed builders with many years’ experience in the industry and are qualified to assess and report defects on a visual basis, providing you with expert, independent and unbiased information on the condition of the property. Some of our inspectors also have a diploma of building surveying and have the IN-L registration. At some sites, if there are significant structural concerns that would be better assessed by an engineer, your Houspect Building Inspector will advise you.

What Does a Building Defects Inspection Report Provide?

Our inspection method and written report provides 3 clear sections;

  1. Description of problems, damage, condition and defects.
  2. Inspector’s comments on works, such as structure, materials, workmanship, drainage issues, safety matters etc, as appropriate to problems on site.
  3. Recommendations on the concerns identified. Scope of works if required. Cost estimates for repairs and rectifications can be provided if requested

The report provides the relevant building codes and tolerances so all parties can understand the extent of the defects and who is responsible. Sometimes defects are due to lack of maintenance by the owner.

Our service aims to help you reach a mutually acceptable resolution without the expense of going to court. However, if pursuing your case further for legal resolution, a Houspect Building Defects Report is the unbiased assessment you will need to support your claim.

To book a Building Defects Inspection, call Houspect on 03 9808 4000, email us at or complete our online enquiry form.

Latest News