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Yukon NDP wants homeowner protection laws

With the rush to build in Yukon, the NDP is calling on the government for legislation to protect people when they buy or renovate a house.

MLA Kevin Barr said rush to build leaves some concerned about quality

The NDP in Yukon is calling on the government for legislation to protect people when they buy or renovate a house.

Kevin Barr, Mount Lorne MLA, introduced a motion Wednesday to create a homeowner protection act.

Barr said several Yukon builders support the idea.

"They worry their reputations are tarnished by fly-by-night operators who do shoddy work. They support measures like the new home warranty programs," he said.

Barr said warranties would cover both new homes and renovations, and would require mandatory licensing for builders and contractors.

"There's a rush to build, and with the rush comes concerns about shoddy work and worry that big structural problems could emerge, leaving homeowners on the hook for big payments for repairs," added Barr.

However, Yukon Housing Corporation Minister Scott Kent said there isn’t a need for more rules.

"While members of the NDP would choose to regulate and legislate, we on this side of the house choose to encourage the private sector to develop quality homes," said Kent.

And the Minister of Community Housing, Elaine Taylor, added that homeowners are protected now since all new construction and renovations must meet national building code standards.

She said building inspectors now inspect every home under construction between five and eight times.