Building a new home is a key milestone in anyone’s life. The Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act 1998 requires all new homes to be enrolled with the NHBRC 15 days prior to construction. The enrolment of a new home is the first step in the protection of a housing consumers’ right. An enrolled home will be covered by the NHBRC warranty cover on major structural defects, from the day of occupation for a period of five years.
Home enrolment insures consumers against poor building practices and permits the NHBRC to conduct building inspections at key stages of construction. These include:
- Excavation & Foundation;
- Floor slab (sub structure);
- Walls (super structure); and
- Roofing and finishes.
These are followed by a fifth stage – Pre-occupation to occupation – in which final inspections take place and any outstanding details are reviewed.
The NHBRC enrolment process offers consumers several benefits. These include:
- Builder compliance with NHBRC’s Home Builders Manual, which sets minimum quality standards.
- NHBRC quality inspections during construction.
- Major structural warranty cover for up to five years from date of occupation.
- NHBRC mediation between consumer and builder.
- Recourse through our complaints, arbitration and remedial processes.
An enrolled home is provided with warranty cover by the NHBRC for a period of 5 years from date of occupation which allows the NHBRC to pursue and ensure that your builder rectifies:
- Minor defects identified by the housing consumer within the first three-months of occupation
- Roof leaks identified by the housing consumer within one-year from date of occupation
- Major structural defects identified by the housing consumer within five-years from date of occupation
Enrolment forms here