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Requirements for retention trust accounts

Retention trust accounts are a legal arrangement whereby money is held by a third party to be paid to a head contractor or subcontractor at a specified time.
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There are generally two types of trust account used by members of the construction sector:

  • Retention trust account (RTA) – for all cash retention held by the principal or head contractor.
  • Project trust account (PTA) – applicable for each project undertaken.

This resource offers an overview of some of the key terms used when discussing RTAs and retention money. Retention money is held to ensure a contractor performs their obligations under the contract and is released on practical completion of the works or at the end of a defects liability period.

An explanation is given as to when an RTA is required and when one isn’t. We also provide information on how to go about establishing an RTA and what is needed in order to open and close one.

This resource is one of several on PTAs and RTAs that are designed to assist HIA members. Be sure to check out HIA’s related resources for more information.

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Who is it for?

Residential builders and industry professionals

This resource is designed for builders and industry professionals who want to understand how retention trust accounts work.

What does it include?

  • Terminology used
  • What you need to know about retention trust accounts
  • Establishing a retention trust account
  • Retention trust account requirements.

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