Toronto – An Oakville couple, Aaron Breier and Michelle Breier (aka Michelle McCutcheon), have been convicted of illegal vending for selling a home without being registered under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. The couple was fined $7,500 and put on probation by the Ontario Court of Justice.
The owners of a home at 1368 Acton Crescent in Oakville first contacted Tarion with their concerns in May 2018.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Aaron Breier and Michelle Breier were not registered and the home at 1368 Acton Crescent had not been enrolled in the warranty program.
Under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, new home builders and vendors must be registered with Tarion and enroll their homes in the new home warranty program. Most new homes are entitled to warranty coverage if they have been unoccupied prior to sale or are less than seven years old.
In March 2019, Tarion charged Aaron Breier and Michelle Breier under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act with not being registered as vendors. The couple pleaded guilty to the charges. On June 14, the presiding Justice of the Peace, Justice Huston accepted their guilty pleas and levied separate penalties. Aaron Breier was fined $7,500 with a 12-month probation order and Michelle Breier received a 12-month probation order.
The Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act protects the rights of home buyers. Individuals or companies who illegally build or sell new homes in violation of the Act can be prosecuted.
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