compulsory building warranty

PHOTO: MARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFFThe idea of a compulsory building warranty has had a lukewarm reception in the past.

Would-be new home owners have been left with fewer options for protecting themselves, after two of the country’s key building guarantees lost their overseas backer.

Stamford Insurance’s 10-year new build guarantee and New Zealand Certified Builders’ Halo 10-year guarantee have both lost their underwriter, a subsidiary of Lloyds of London which has pulled out of the market globally. 

Stamford’s coverage ran out on December 31 and Certified Builders’ ends on January 31.

Both organisations stressed that existing policies would still be honoured but new guarantees could not be offered in the meantime.