Homeowner Warranty Information

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The security of a new home warranty is often the deciding factor when a home buyer is debating the merits of buying a new home. The Homeowner Protection Act (HPA)–administered by the Home Protection Office (HPO)– provides for the licensing of residential builders and makes third-party warranty insurance mandatory on new home construction through the province of BC. The licensing and warranty insurance systems work together to ensure that builders meet minimum standards and consumers are protected with a strong, third-party warranty should a construction defect occur.

Our builder, ITC Construction Group, fulfills the HPA warranty program and has a dedicated warranty team that ensures that all developers and homeowners are taken care of from the beginning of the project throughout the warranty period.

The new home warranty on the Nelson Commons residential condominiums meets all the requirements of the 2-5-10 year home warranty program, which is basically 2 years warranty coverage on labour and materials, 5 years on the building envelope and, 10 years on the structure of the building.

HPO

In greater detail, the HPA warranty program covers:

A) Defects in materials and labour for a period of two years after the date on which the warranty begins as follows:

1)  In the first 12 months, for other than the Common Property, common facilities and other assets of the Strata Corporation:

i) Coverage for any defect in materials and labour; and
ii) Coverage for a violation of the Building Code,

2) In the first 15 months, for the Common Property, common facilities and other assets of the Strata Corporation:

i) Coverage for any defect in materials and labour; and
ii) Coverage for a violation of the Building Code,

3) In the first 24 months:

i) Coverage for any defect in materials and labour supplied for the electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning delivery and distribution systems;
ii) Coverage for any defect in materials and labour supplied for the exterior cladding, caulking, windows and doors that may lead to detachment or material damage to the Strata Lot;
iii) Coverage for any defect in materials and labour which renders the Strata Lot unfit to live in; and
iv) Coverage for a violation of the Building Code.

B) Defects in the building envelope, including defects resulting in unintended water penetration, for a period of five years after the date on which the warranty begins; and
C) Structural defects for a period of ten years after the date on which the warranty begins.

 

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