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Builders Warranty Insurance – NSW

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Builders Warranty also referred to as Domestic Builders Insurance protects the home owner if the Builder lose their deposit, don’t finish the job or it’s defective, and the builder dies, disappear or become bankrupt.


Home Warranty Insurance, or Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) as it is now referred to in NSW, covers the homeowner (and subsequent owners) where the contracted building work is incomplete or defective and the builder haseither died, disappeared, become insolvent during construction or has failed to respond to a rectification order within 30 days of it being issued. The cover lasts up to 6 years from completion of the domestic building work or termination of the domestic building contract (6 years for structural defects and 2 years for non-structural).

Cover only applies when a builder dies, disappears or becomes insolvent and is provided for outcomes relative to a specific dispute resolution process.

Home Building Compensation Fund
Major changes occurred in November 2016 to the Home Building compensation Fund (Formally known as Builders Warranty or Home Warranty) in New South Wales. We can still assist with your requirements regardless to these changes, we have extensive experience in the Warranty field to find the best option for you.

What’s included in the Policy:

  • Non-completion – The policy for residential building work provides cover for a period of 12 months after the failure to commence or cessation of the work.
  • Structural defects – The policies for residential building work and owner-builder work provide cover for loss or damage arising from a structural defect for a period of six years after the completion of the work.
  • Other loss and damage
    The policies for residential building work and owner-builder work provide cover for loss or damage arising from other than a structural defect (e.g. a non structural defect) for a period of two years after the completion of the work.

For the purposes of determining the period of cover provided by an insurance policy for residential building work, completion of work occurs on the date that the work is complete within the meaning of the contract under which the work was done.

If the contract does not provide for when the work is complete (or there is no contract), the completion of the work occurs on practical completion. This is when the work is completed except for any omissions or defects that do not prevent the work from being reasonably capable of being used for its intended purpose. It is to be presumed (unless an earlier date for practical completion can be established) that practical completion of the residential building work occurred on the earliest of whichever of the following dates can be established for the work:

  • The date on which the builder handed over possession of the work to the homeowner;
  • The date on which the builder last attended the site to carry out work (other than work to remedy any defect that does not affect practical completion); or
  • The date of issue of an occupation certificate for the work under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Licenced builders will need to demonstrate financial robustness in the following areas:

  • Gross profit margin
  • Debtor collection days
  • Creditor payment days
  • Turnover growth
  • Changes to work in progress
  • Builder size and areas of construction activity
  • Length of time in the industry
  • Adverse commercial and claims information
  • Frequency of financial reporting
  • Job costing system

Why Choose BuildSafe?

  • BuildSafe have been issuing Home Warranty Certificates for over 20 years , we understand the right steps to helping your business grow. We will work on your behalf to get the turnover you want to achieve. We can liase with distributors and insurers for requests for higher limits, changes to save you time. “We dont make it complicated!”

Obtaining Home Warranty Insurance is a straightforward process – just that many Insurance companies make it hard for the Builder. Not so at BuildSafe Insurance Brokers. We’ll help and get our hands dirty.

 

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BuildSafe have been issuing Home Warranty Certificates for over 20 years , we understand the right steps to helping your business grow. We will work on your behalf to get the turnover you want to achieve. We can liase with distributors and insurers for requests for higher limits, changes to save you time. “We dont make it complicated!”
Builders need to apply with what is called a Letter of Eligibility. The process with BuildSafe differs depending on how long you have been in business for. We may only require very minimal details if you have been in business for years. Regardless of whether you have been in business for 10 years or 2 weeks, we can help and provide you with the best options.
Eligibility is the term used to describe the entitlement that a builder has to apply for a Certificate of Insurance (project certificate) and the conditions under which the certificate may be granted.

Builder Eligibility conditions take account of the following major criteria:

  • Builder’s capabilities;
  • Builder’s history;
  • Builder’s financial backing; and
  • The ability to obtain restitution from or on behalf of the builder, or directors or related entities or third party-related indemnifiers should there be a claim.

All builder Eligibilities have an appropriate Eligibility Profile including:

  • ‘Annual turnover limit’; and
  • Individual job type contract limits.
You just need to complete the Eligibility Application and ask us for any assistance that you may require, the application form provides a checklist of all the information that needs to be provided with the application.
BuildSafe can process and administer Certificates on your behalf and in additional support you is using any insurer portals if assistance is required. We can do everything for you.
A builder must provide an owner with Domestic Builders Insurance in New South Wales when domestic building work is done in excess of $20,000 in New South Wales.

Home Warranty Insurance is a statutory product, compulsory under relevant building legislation in most states for builders carrying out residential building work.

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