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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Can you register with the NHBRC after a house has been built?

Roy has posed the following question regarding the NHBRC.  Our response to him did not get through to him, so we're posting it here in the hopes that he sees it and for those other people who may be interested.

If you are not registered, can you still register two years after a home has been built; if so, are there costs involved?

Am I right if I say that a house built under the rules of the NHBRC is only guaranteed for 5 years?

Les responds as follows:

Thank you for your enquiry. To the best of my knowledge there is no possibility (according to the NHBRC) that one can enrol a house after it has been built. I have heard of someone who managed to do it but the NHBRC said that it was an error on their part ... so nothing is impossible but it is highly unlikely that you will be able to enrol the house after two years.

The NHBRC only warrantees the house against "Major structural defects" and roof leaks for a period of 5 years. There is no warrantee against shoddy building work, sub-standard materials or poor finishing.

The main problem comes in when one tries to sell a house that is less than five years old to anyone requiring a bond because all the banks insist on getting the NHBRC enrolment certificate for the house before they will consider the
application.

If you need any further information, please give me a call.

 


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