For New Residential Buildings
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!
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.
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.