Toronto, ON, June 2, 2015 – Jason Ronald Dun of Napanee, Ontario and Kaj Owre of Coe Hill, Ontario acting on behalf of Granite Ridge Log Homes Limited of Napanee, Ontario were sentenced to 30 days of incarceration and fined $112,500 including victim fine surcharges in the City of Kawartha Lakes POA Court for illegal building. These were first offences for both defendants.
During the summer of 2009, Granite Ridge Log Homes Limited entered into a contract to construct a new log home located in the County of Haliburton. Payments were made by the homeowners in excess of $850,000. The home remains incomplete and was observed with the exterior log shell remaining unfinished, with no roof.
Speaking after the May 14, 2015 decision, Tarion’s Director of Enforcement Dave Roberts noted, “Having attended the sentencing and hearings, it is shocking to see such lack of remorse from these builders who have stolen someone’s life savings. For these homeowners, their dream of building a retirement home is gone. This situation has forced them to return to work full time in order to survive.”
Under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (“the Act”) home builders are required to register as a builder and enrol every new home with Tarion before construction. Tarion protects the rights of new home buyers by regulating new home builders and administering and guaranteeing the province’s new home warranty program. Part of Tarion’s mandate is to find and prosecute illegal builders. Tarion’s Enforcement team includes a number of former police officers, and works with municipal officials and others to uncover illegal building in Ontario. In 2014, the efforts of Tarion’s enforcement team led to 193 convictions and $413,000 in fines.
“It is essential for home buyers to check the Ontario Builder Directory on Tarion’s website to ensure their builder is registered before they sign a purchase agreement,” adds Roberts. “Illegally-built homes often do not meet the Ontario Building Code standards, and as in this case, can be left unfinished and uninhabitable. Unfortunately, it is the homeowners who suffer when they purchase an illegally-built home.”
Dunn and Owre were convicted for acting as the builder/vendor of a new home without being registered with Tarion and also for failing to enroll the home with Tarion as required by law.
Illegal building can be anonymously reported by calling Tarion at 1-800-786-6497, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. New home buyers are also encouraged to visit the Ontario Builder Directory on Tarion’s website to confirm that their builder is registered.
About Tarion Tarion is a private corporation established in 1976 to protect the rights of new home buyers and regulate new home builders. Tarion administers the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, which outlines the warranty protection that new home purchasers are entitled to in Ontario. Tarion also establishes minimum time standards for after-sales service, and adjudicates issues between homeowners and builders.
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