Scope of the Code
Does the Code apply to developments in areas such as Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man?
If the Home is covered by one of the participating home warranty bodies, then the Code does apply.
Under Scope of the Code, it states the Code and the Independent Dispute Resolution Scheme do not apply to “properties acquired by corporate bodies, partnerships and individuals buying more than one property on the same development for investment purposes”. Does this mean that corporate bodies and partnerships are covered if they only buy one property?
No, the Code is intended to cover private buyers only and in future revisions, the Scope will be reworded to read that the Code and the Independent Dispute Resolution Scheme do not apply to: “properties acquired by corporate bodies and partnerships, and individuals buying more than one property on the same development, for investment purposes” to make this point clearer.
Are Homes which are built under architects’ certificates covered by the Code?
No. The Code only applies to Homes that have been built by a Home Builder registered with one of the Home Warranty Bodies.
Adopting the Code – Making the Code available
The Consumer Code Requirement 2.1 states that the “Consumer Code for Home Builders’ Scheme logo must be prominently displayed in Home Builders’ sales offices, those of appointed selling agents, and in sales brochures”. What is meant by a sales brochure?
A sales brochure is defined as the printed development brochure (including any electronic version) employed by a Home Builder to present their general development details such as the location and range of dwelling types. This would also include the general Development details produced by Estate Agents for a development.