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DEFECTS LIABILITY PERIOD [1 record]

Record 1 2016-02-25

English

Subject field(s)
  • Government Contracts
  • Law of Contracts (common law)
  • Execution of Work (Construction)
DEF

The period, after completion of a contract, during which a contractor is required to make good at his own expense any work which needs repair.

OBS

Do not confuse "warranty" and "guaranty". According to Construction Specifications Canada, "a Warranty is a ... contract or agreement between two parties and usually is included in a contract for goods or services between these parties", whereas "a guarantee is a 'collateral' agreement for the performance of another's undertaking".

OBS

guarantee. A. And "warranty". Originally the same word, "warranty" and "guarantee" (or "-ty") arrived in the language through different medieval French dialects. "Guarantee" is the broader term, ordinarily meaning either (1) "the act of giving a security; the undertaking with respect to (a contract, performance of a legal act, etc.) that it shall be duly carried out," or (2) "something given or existing as security, e.g., for fulfillment of an engagement or condition" (OED). "Warranty", as a legal term, has slightly more specific and elaborate senses: (1) "a covenant (either express or implied) annexed to a conveyance of realty by which the seller warrants the security of the title conveyed"; (2) "an assurance, express or implied, given by the seller of goods, that he will be answerable for their possession of some quality attributed to them" (the seller hereby disclaims all warranties); or (3) "in a contract for insurance, an engagement by the insured that certain statements are true or that certain conditions shall be fulfilled" (OED). B. And "guaranty". The distinction in BrE once was that the former is the verb, the latter the noun. Yet "guarantee" is now commonly used as both n. & v.t. in both AmE and BrE. In practice, "guarantee", n., is the usual term, seen often, for example, in the context of consumer warranties or other assurances of quality or performance. "Guaranty", in contrast, is now used primarily in financial and banking contexts in the sense "a promise to answer for the debt of another." "Guaranty" is now rarely seen in nonlegal writing, whether in G.B. or in the U.S. Some legal writers prefer "guaranty" in all nominal senses.

French

Domaine(s)
  • Marchés publics
  • Droit des contrats (common law)
  • Exécution des travaux de construction
DEF

Période contractuelle au cours de laquelle le titulaire du marché s'oblige à remettre en état ou à remplacer tout ou partie de l'ouvrage ou de la fourniture qui serait reconnu comme défectueux.

OBS

Malgré ce qu'indique la source OLFMB 1985, il ne faut pas confondre les termes anglais «warranty» et «guaranty», qui ne sont pas [...] synonymes. En effet, selon une étude insérée dans le Devis de Construction Canada, le premier signifie «garantie», tandis que le second correspond à «cautionnement».

Spanish

Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Contratos gubernamentales
  • Derecho de contratos (common law)
  • Ejecución de los trabajos de construcción
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