Selling your home in WA
Owner Builder Home Indemnity Insurance is required in Western Australia when an owner builder sells their dwelling within the Statutory Indemnity period.
The Period of Cover is 7 years from the Building License Issue date. Home Indemnity Insurance covers Residential/Domestic Building Work. Multi Unit developments exceeding 3 stories and fully leased retirement villages and pools are exempt from obtaining Home Indemnity Insurance.
The minimum value of works required to obtain Home Indemnity Insurance is $20,000. The maximum amount that can be claimed under a Home Indemnity Insurance policy is the value of contract work with a limit of $100,000.The purchaser and any subsequent purchaser of the home, not the actual owner builder, can claim on their Indemnity Policy if the owner builder has become insolvent, died or disappeared.
Home Indemnity Insurance only covers defects, which are not identified in the Inspection Report that are identified within the 7 year Statutory Indemnity period. Failure to provide this insurance prior to selling the property can result in fines up to $10,000. If a contract of sale has been entered into without providing the Indemnity Insurance, the purchaser has rights to pull out of the sale prior to completion of the contract.
|Purchaser||Owner Builder Work|
|Covered for up to $100k||Period of cover is 7 years from the Building Licence|
|Defects report required||Coverage for structural and non-structural|
What we require:
|Cost of residential Owner Builder works||Current Defects Report, prepared by an approved Building Inspector|
|Building Licence from Council||Owner Builder BRB/Owner Builder certificate|
|Drivers Licence||Complete and sign Owner Builder Indemnity Application form|
Step 1: Obtain a defects inspection report from an approved inspector.
Step 2: Fully complete:
- Application form
- Owner Builder Building Licence
- BRB/Owner Builder Certificate
- Drivers Licence
- Defect Inspection Report from an approved inspector with P.I insurance
Step 3: Email your documents for approval.
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- Owner builders require a defects inspection report prior to the sale of their home on which owner builder works have taken place.
- The report must be from a qualified expert such as a building consultant/inspector, building surveyor, architect or engineer who must have a valid professional indemnity policy in place at the time of signing the report and who authorises the report being made available to third parties.
- All defects, incomplete works, inaccessible areas and second hand materials should be described covering the dwelling/s as well as outbuilding, pergolas, landscaping, pool etc.
Obtaining Owner Builder Warranty or Indemnity Insurance is a LEGAL responsibility. As an Owner Builder/renovator it pays to be aware of all your liabilities.
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