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Title: Disputes arising from vaguely defined contractual responsibilities in building services maintenance contracts
Authors: Lai, JHK 
Yik, FWH
Jones, P
Keywords: Building services
Maintenance
Contract law
Wear
Vandalism
Disputes
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Facilities, 2004, v. 22, no. 1/2, p. 44-52 How to cite?
Journal: Facilities 
Abstract: A clear definition of the responsibilities of the contracting parties is crucial to any contract. However, many building services maintenance contracts contain vague terms that are often causes of disputes, suspension of work, unsatisfactory performance and financial losses. Common vague contract terms include those that require the contractor to be responsible for any replacement and restoration work arising from "fair wear and tear" and "vandalism". Reports the findings of a survey of maintenance practitioners' interpretations of these terms, and their experience with the use of such terms in building services maintenance contracts in Hong Kong.; A clear definition of the responsibilities of the contracting parties is crucial to any contract. However, many building services maintenance contracts contain vague terms that are often causes of disputes, suspension of work, unsatisfactory performance and financial losses. Common vague contract terms include those that require the contractor to be responsible for any replacement and restoration work arising from "fair wear and tear" and "vandalism". Reports the findings of a survey of maintenance practitioners? interpretations of these terms, and their experience with the use of such terms in building services maintenance contracts in Hong Kong.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55100
ISSN: 0263-2772
EISSN: 1758-7131
DOI: 10.1108/02632770410517942
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