Mandatory Warranty for New Homes

The CalgaryHerald tells MHProNews the provincial government of Alberta, Canada has taken the first step towards making warranty coverage for new homes in the province mandatory, a move that could add up to $2,000 to the price. The New Home Buyer Protection Act would cover manufactured and modular homes, single-family homes, condos and recreation properties, with a two-year electrical and plumbing system warranty. It had its first reading in the Alberta legislature. If approved, the measure would also include five years coverage on water damage, ten years on structural components, and one-year coverage on labor and materials. Dave Hooge, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Alberta, who helped draft the legislation, says, “We’re really happy as an association to see that this is what has come to fruition. This will be good for both the industry and consumers.”

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