Tarion Warranty Corporation (“Tarion”) does not permit the video or audio recording of the conciliation or claim inspection process by builders or homeowners. Photographs, however, may be used to document any physical defects in a home which may eventually become the subject of an inspection.
The video or audio recording of a conciliation or claim inspection is not necessary for the inspection process to proceed properly and fairly. In Tarion’s experience, video and audio recordings have only served to interfere with the process. A video or audio recording of the conciliation or claim inspection process is also not necessary or of assistance in making an assessment of any construction deficiencies. When the results of a conciliation or claim inspection are reviewed by the Licence Appeal Tribunal, the assessment is typically made based on live testimony and documentary evidence.
A homeowner who insists on making a video or audio recording of an inspection and refuses to allow an inspection to proceed without making a video or audio recording, may prejudice his/her warranty rights. Where a builder refuses to participate in an inspection without making a video or audio recording, the inspection will be conducted without the builder’s participation. The builder may also prejudice, among other things, the builder’s appeal rights before the Builder Arbitration Forum, and the builder’s rights under the Waiver of Indemnity policy (Builder Bulletin 44).