Toronto – A custom home builder has been convicted of illegal building for entering into a contract to build a home without being a registered builder under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. Chris Brown, operating as Countryside Builders, was fined $10,000 by the Ontario Court of Justice.
The conviction came as a result of a lead from the public regarding a home located at 251 Mill Rd., Holland Center, in the Township of Chatsworth, Grey County.
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. This also applies to custom home builders who sign a contract with property owners to build a home on their land.
Tarion’s investigation revealed that Chris Brown was not registered and the home at 251 Mill Road had not been enrolled in the warranty program.
In April 2019, Tarion charged Chris Brown under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act with not being registered as a builder and failing to enrol the home in the new home warranty program. On August 12, 2019, the presiding Justice of the Peace, Justice Taylor accepted his guilty plea and levied a fine of $10,000 plus a victim surcharge fee.
The Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act protects the rights of home buyers. Builders or vendors who violate the Act can be prosecuted.
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