When Cover is Needed?
It is a requirement under the Building Act 2004 that a licensed builder must obtain complying residential building work insurance or a Fidelity Fund certificate from an approved Fidelity Fund scheme before commencing any building work over $12,000 that is not exempt from requiring protection under this Act.
Certificates are required for:
- Construction of a class 1 building (detached house) or class 2 building (town house, units, apartments) up to 3 storeys in height; and
- Certain alterations or additions to existing residence where the work is valued at $12,000 or more of a structural nature.
Certificates are not required for class 10 structures such as swimming pools, fences, landscaping, mail boxes or garages (unless structurally adjunct to the class 1 structure). The appointed Building Certifier may assist if you are unsure about these requirements. Certificates are also not required for Federal or Government projects.
When Can a Claim be Made?
A claim may be made for incomplete building work due to the builder's insolvency, disappearance or death, during the contract period. A claim may also be made for defects that come to light after completion of the project in the Statutory Warranty period if the builder has died, disappeared or suffered an insolvency event.
The Building Act 2004 requires that a Fidelity Fund certificate provides for a maximum cover of $85,000.
A Fidelity Fund certificate requires the provider to be informed within 90 days of you becoming aware of the defect.
A Fidelity Fund certificate is successive in title and remains valid for a period of 6 years after completion (or occupation) of the project in the event the residence is sold within this time.
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