Architects Urged to Update Their Residential Contracts

Originally published by: Builder OnlineOctober 20, 2020

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is releasing updated contract documents today, including two key residential contracts and a complimentary Condominium Project Guide.

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Revised residential contract documents address insurance requirements, post-occupancy site visits, and maintenance requirements. The updated B109-2020, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Multifamily Residential or Mixed-Use Residential Project now includes a new, optional limitation of liability. While incorporating the aspects of the new B109, the free Condominium Projects Guide includes model language pertaining to the homeowners association, the individual unit owners, by-laws, and purchase agreements.

“Although the B109 is designed for multifamily residential projects, it specifically includes a representation by the owner that the project will not include a residential condominium,” said AIA Contract Documents Manager and Counsel James R. Germano, Esq. “Parties wishing to convert the B109 for use on a residential condominium project will find the Condominium Projects Guide helpful.”

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