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Major changes are coming to Manitoba's new home building industry.

The mandatory New Home Warranty Protection Act comes into effect January 1, 2018.

"It's coming," Glen Wieler says, General Manager of the MSTW (Morden Stanley Thompson Winkler) planning district.

The act ensures newly-constructed homes in Manitoba are protected against defects, and applies to all new dwellings including condominiums.

It leaves residents with three options: hire a contractor or builder within the program, take out the warranty yourself, or notify the Province that you won't be participating in the warranty program.

However, without the New Home Warranty Protection, owners wouldn't be allowed to sell the home for seven years.

"Either you're getting the warranty or you're staying," Wieler says.

He notes there has been mixed reaction from many. For builders already in the program, it's business as usual. New construction companies not under the warranty protection program won't be allowed to take out a building permit until they've registered.

"There are costs involved, and processes involved," he explains. "Some people may shy away from the self-build."

The mandatory warranty would cover defects in materials, labour, and design for one year.

Violations and defects in electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, exterior cladding, caulking, windows, doors, and building envelope, including defects resulting in water penetration are covered for two years.

Major structural components are covered for seven years.

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