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7. New Construction

(j) Homeowner Protection Act Matters - View Entire Section

(V) New Home Warranty - View Subsection
(4) Permission To Sell New Homes under Construction

Under the Homeowner Protection Act, new homes that are under construction but not complete may not be sold (or offered for sale) unless the home is covered by home warranty insurance or exempt. This affects new homes that originally had home warranty insurance coverage but are de-enrolled for a variety of reasons, including: cancellation of a builder’s contract, owner bankruptcy or cancellation of builder’s acceptance by a warranty provider. Such homes may no longer be offered for sale or sold ‘‘as is.’’ Owners must write to the HPO for the registrar’s express permission, and may be subject to conditions, such as that the home is sold to a licensed residential builder to enrol with home warranty insurance. This ensures that a partially complete new home is not inadvertently sold without the protection of the legislation in place for a new homebuyer. The prohibition applies to new homes at all stages of construction.

The Homeowner Protection Act states that a new home built by a residential builder may not be built, offered for sale, or sold without warranty insurance. The following clause could, however, make a buyer’s position more certain should the warranty insurance commitment be revoked for any reason.

Mandatory Warranty Insurance Coverage Clause

It is a fundamental term of this contract that the mandatory warranty insurance coverage required pursuant to the Homeowner Protection Act be provided.