Guarantee Plan

For New Residential Buildings

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The guarantee contract

Your contractor must give you a signed copy of the appropriate guarantee contract for your type of new residence (i.e. a detached, semi-detached or row-type single-family dwelling; a duplex, triplex, quadruplex or quintuplex; a prefabricated home or a condo). Once you are in possession of a copy of the duly signed contract, you and your contractor are required to respect the obligations it contains.

This contract contains all of the details about the coverage offered by the Guarantee Plan, as well as the procedures for making a claim, and available recourses in case of a problem with your contractor. Refer to it whenever necessary; it’s your best ally!

Your obligations consist primarily of the following:

The guarantee contract must also contain the following information:

  • Your name and address, and the contractor’s name and address
  • The date and the address of the location where the contract is signed by the contractor
  • The description of the building covered by the guarantee
  • The name, address, and telephone and fax numbers (and perhaps the email address) of the plan manager
  • The contractor’s accreditation and licence numbers and the words “licensed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec”
  • The mandatory nature of the guarantee

The guarantee contract must also bear the inscription “Approved by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec” as well as the number and the date of the RBQ’s decision.

Condo: Avoid any unpleasant surprises…

Don’t forget to specify the method of calculation for the living area of your private unit within the sales contract or job contract.

For example: Some contractors measure units from one exterior wall to the other (it’s legal), which does not correspond to the size of the actual living space. When the area is calculated in this way, the sales contract could indicate an area of 1,200 ft2 whereas the living area is actually only a little over 900 ft2.