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first_imgKamra Tal-Periti has said that it will defend its members against lawsuits brought unfairly against them.The Chamber representing Maltese Architects and Civil Engineers explains that such a course of action will be taken in response to ‘multiple reports’ from their membership of threats to sign declarations making them liable for damages to third party property.They state that this declaration of liability falls solely on the architect for damages, outlined in Regulation 26 of the new amendments published earlier this week.However, KTP says this causes serious concerns when it is the contractor who could be fault and yet the architect is taking the personal and professional liability.‘If damages do occur, the perit issuing such certification would carry personal criminal and civil responsibility for anything that happens, even when the contractor is at fault. This has put members of the profession under immense pressure to sign such declarations as contractors and developers are incurring extremely high costs due to the effective suspension of works,’ KTP says.For this reason, KTP says it would reactively, ‘enter such lawsuits parte civile and put all its resources to defend its members against cowboy operators.’Avoiding third party damageKTP’s responses on liabilities come in light of the publication and enforcement of new regulations for the avoidance of damage to third party property.The regulations came in response to the damage caused to buildings adjacent to construction sites in Pieta and Mellieha in the last few months.Legal Notice creates added confusion – Kamra tal-PeritiMinister’s statements leave us with more questions than answers – KTPList of licensed masons published by BROKTP stressed their serious concerns over how the new amendments would place pressure on architects without placing greater constraint or registration on other professional trades of the construction industry.Urging contractor registrationAlong with the legal dimension of the new liabilities involved, KTP also stresses that during its meeting with government, it has urged the creation of a ‘system of registration of contractors.’They say that this will help restore confidence in the industry and assurance for the public who will be using their services.Clearance for worksKTP concludes by calling on the public to contact the Director of the Building Regulations Office in order to clear construction work.They tell the public to make contact requesting specific clearances and exemptions from new regulations which must be followed.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG6338.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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