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Info Night: Construction Contracts – sign on the dotted line?

18/09/2019, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Engaging a contractor in building works, ordering materials for your retrofit project or making a verbal agreement with a builder? Then you are entering into a contract! But do you know your rights, and if there is something in writing do you read every word before signing on the dotted line? 

“You can agree to almost anything in your contracts… in theory. However, laws can interfere with that freedom. Just because a term is written into a contract doesn’t mean you are bound by it.” (

At this Carbon Co-op Info Night, Sarah Fox (500 words) will be joining us to shine a light on construction contract basics – what to look for, what to look out for, and what your rights are. Sarah is a contract specialist who advocates for simple contracts of just 500 words to build trust and avoid disputes. Find out more at www.500words.co.uk

The evening is a great opportunity for householders planning retrofit works or other domestic construction projects to get their questions on contracts answered. Contractors are also welcome! 

Share your stories! 

We’re also looking to hear about YOUR experience of contracts – have you been asked to agree to terms you’ve found unreasonable? Have you not received a contract until work had started and found yourself in breach of the contract through no fault of your own? Whether you can join us for the evening or not, please email marion@carbon.coop in advance and we’ll ask for Sarah’s take on them so we can all learn from each others’ experiences – and if you want to keep your questions anonymous, that’s fine!

Booking is essential.

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Nearest train station Manchester Oxford Road (5 mins walk), Manchester Piccadilly (10mins walk)

  • Nearest tram stop: St Peter’s Square

  • Nearest car park: NCP Car Park Manchester Chorlton Street


LEAF on Portland Street
113–115 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6DW
Manchester, M1 6DW GB
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