The contract should include a provision concerning compensation for delays and the completion date. If you don't agree on a completion date in writing, presenting proof of the delay in case of a dispute is difficult.
The compensation for delay should be set high enough to make it a genuine deterrent to delays. The consequences of delays may be agreed on e.g. as follows: xx % of the total price/each week or partial week OR xx euros/each week or partial week.
If completion of renovation work is significantly delayed, you may claim the compensation for delay or noted in the written agreement or compensation for damage.
- If there is no agreement, submit a written request to have the work completed within a new, reasonable deadline.
- If work is not completed within the new deadline, you are entitled to claim compensation for damages based on costs incurred as a result of the delay. You may claim compensation based on your actual costs if they exceed the standard compensation specified in the agreement.
If the delay causes significant inconvenience, you may terminate the agreement with immediate effect instead of extending the deadline. However, the consumer must pay for work performed correctly insofar as he or she benefits from it.
You are entitled to withhold payment for the delayed part of work performance until compensation has been agreed and the work is completed.
Defects and delays in renovation
Renovation projects and contracts