Each Australian state has individual requirements for Home Warranty Insurance (sometimes referred to as Builders Warranty)
Licensed builders and contractors are required to have Home Warranty insurance for residential building jobs depending on the value of the job.
In NSW, most residential/domestic building work valued over $20,000, is legally required to have insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) in place prior to commencing a project.
Only brokers who are approved as HBCF Distributors can act on behalf of builders and contractors in applying for eligibility and Certificates of Insurance for jobs.
CoverMe Insurance Solutions are part of Westcourt General who are approved to provide Builders Warranty Insurance and therefore are authorised to offer this cover.
The HBCF provides a safety net for homeowners for loss of deposit, incomplete and defective building work if their builder dies, disappears, becomes insolvent.
The safety net is also provided where the building contractors' licence has been suspended for failing to comply with a Tribunal or Court order to pay compensation to the homeowner.
Builders and contractors are required to provide a Certificate of Insurance to the homeowner before starting any work or accepting any money.
Applications for a Certificate of Insurance can only be made once a builder or contractor has a Certificate of Eligibility.
To apply for Eligibility a builder must first complete an icare Eligibility Application and provide a copy of all documents requested on the Eligibility Checklist
Once a builder is eligible, they are required to complete the relevant Project Application for each job. HBCF require the premium to be paid before the builder is provided with the project certificate.
You can find additional information on the icare site via links below.
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