Statute of Limitation regarding photovoltaic installations - SCHRADE & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

SCHRADE & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

Statute of Limitation regarding photovoltaic installations


The German Federal Court (Bundesgerichtshof) has recently ruled that warranty claims for certain photovoltaics installations become time-barred after 5 years (Verdict of 02.06.2016 – VII ZR 348/13). In former rulings the court had applied a two-year-period. In both cases the installation was roof-mounted. The different rulings are based on two essential findings: First, in one case the court applied the German law on sale of goods whereas in the other case the court applied the German law on contracts for work. Second, only in the recent case the in-stallation was firmly fixed to the building. In essence, the decisions show that the applicable statute of limitation re warranty claims depends on the question whether the installation is part of the contractual obligations or not, and what kind of photovoltaics are installed in what way.

Singen, 27.06.2016

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Dr. Dirk Struckmeier

Company Law And Commercial Law, Distribution Law, International Legal Relations, Law Of General Terms And Conditions Of Business, Mergers And Acquisitions (M & A) / Corporate Restructuring, Product Liability And Product Safety, Professional Law / Professional Liability Of Tax Accountants, Auditors And Attorneys – At Law And Insolvency Administrators, Transformation Law
Dr. Simon Zepf

Construction And Real Estate Law, Labour Law And The Law Of Contract For Services, Law On Commercial Leases
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