If you own a home with home warranty insurance, you could limit your coverage due to negligent or improper maintenance of your home.
Builders and/or warranty providers must provide maintenance information to the original buyer of a home, if they want to make home warranty insurance coverage conditional upon proper maintenance.
The Homeowner Protection Act and Regulations spell out the consequences when the builder and/or warranty provider doesn’t provide maintenance information:
- New homes: Consequences of builder/warranty provider not providing information
- Completed building envelope renovations: Consequences of not informing holder
Owners of strata-titled homes also have a legal obligation to maintain the strata property. The Strata Property Act, which is administered by B.C’s Office of Housing and Construction Standards, details these obligations.
For anyone who lives in or looks after a multi-unit residential building, we publish Maintenance Matters, a series of bulletins and videos with practical information on maintaining the building envelope.
The Maintenance Matters bulletins are invaluable for residents, unit owners, strata councils, housing cooperatives, maintenance managers, property managers and building owners.
Watch our Maintenance Matters videos for some helpful tips or, for more detailed information, go to our Research Library to read our bulletins.
Maintenance Matters Videos
- At-Grade and Below-Grade Assemblies
- Avoiding Condensation
- Creating and Implementing a Building Envelope Maintenance and Renewals Program
- Decks and Balconies
- Exposed Wood Structures
- Maintaining Your Roof
- Paints, Stains and Coatings
- Window and Door Replacement
- Windows and Exterior Doors