Tarion Warranty Corporation has warned Ontario’s builders and real-estate agents they can be charged and fined if involved in the sale of an unregistered and illegally built home.
In a recent blog on its website, Tarion cautioned it is illegal in the province to build and sell a new home for resale without being registered with Tarion and enrolling the home in the warranty program.
In 2015, Tarion was involved in 241 illegal building investigations, which resulted in 105 convictions, more than $330,000 in fines and two jail sentences.
Over the years, eight unregistered builders have been sentenced to jail. The longest term was a six-month sentence against a North Bay builder back in 2005.
Now Tarion’s enforcement arm is set to target real-estate agents who are involved in selling unregistered homes. Charges can be laid under Tarion’s governing legislation for being a party to the offence of illegal building or for aiding and abetting an illegal builder.