Warranty Link Rule & New Designated Warranty Provider
The Warranty Link Rule was introduced to ensure that adequate protection is in place for certain newly created dwellings and places limits on Approved Inspectors in dealing with certain residential schemes requiring warranty cover to be in place prior to the serving of an Initial Notice or Final Certificate.
The Warranty Link Rule came into force on 31st October 2005 in a divisional letter issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and applies to any new dwelling that is intended for sale or private rent, full details can be found on the Communities Website.
The rule requires that a warranty must be in place by one of the designated warranty providers, this has recently been extended to include Construction Register Ltd (December 2010) Checkmate Castle 10 (October 2010) and Build-Zone (September 2010) and alongside NHBC, Zurich, Premier Guarantee and Building Life Plans (BLP).
If no such warranty is in place then the building control function can not be provided by an Approved Inspector and the site must be returned to the appropriate local authority to carry out the building control service.
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