On my contract an NEC Option A contract clause X5 is used and there are two sectional completion dates in the programme. The Contractor is almost ready to complete the works and handover. I am of the understand a Sectional Completion Certificate should be completed once the works are complete, however the Client says a the Sectional Completion certificate is issued only when the defects period is complete.
The NEC FAQ’s state the following: If you have used option X5, then a certificate of completion is required to be issued for each section of the works. Note that this certificate must be issued by the project manager within one week of the date that each sectional completion was achieved – see clause 30.2.
Should I be issuing a certificate once the works are complete or after the defects period?