The Selinger government will table legislation as early as this afternoon to bring in a mandatory home warranty program.
Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau said today the warranty program would cover:
- any defects in labour, materials and design in houses and condominium units for one year, and condominium common elements for 15 months;
- major systems such as electrical and plumbing, and building code violations resulting in unreasonable health or safety risks or material damage to the home for 24 months; and
- defects in the building envelope, including water penetration, for two years and structural defects for seven.
Rondeau said that all new home builders would be required to secure a warranty on new houses and condominium properties issued by a third-party warranty provider such as an insurance company.