Construction Contractors and Contracts

ORS 701.320
Offer of warranty

  • withdrawal of contract offer


A contractor that enters into a contract to construct a new residential structure or zero-lot-line dwelling, or to sell a new residential structure or zero-lot-line dwelling constructed by the contractor, shall make a written offer to the property owner or original purchaser of the structure or dwelling of a warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for the structure or dwelling. The property owner or original purchaser of the structure or dwelling may accept or refuse the offer of a warranty by the contractor. If a contractor makes the written offer of a warranty before the contractor and the property owner both sign a written construction contract and the property owner refuses the offered warranty, the contractor may withdraw the offer to construct the structure or dwelling.


Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to a residential structure that is a manufactured dwelling as defined in ORS 446.003 (Definitions for ORS 446.003 to 446.200 and 446.225 to 446.285 and ORS chapters 195, 196, 197, 215 and 227). [2007 c.648 §11; 2009 c.409 §3]
Chapter 701

Notes of Decisions

This is a remedial statute made for the protection of the building business and of people dealing with builders who might be irresponsible; it should be read as a whole and liberally construed to accomplish its purpose. Robinson v. Builders Bd., 20 Or App 340, 531 P2d 752 (1975)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Lack of authority for director to appoint executive secretary for board, (1971) Vol 35, p 930; inapplicability of this chapter to business of construction or installation of fences, sidewalks, septic tanks, wells and underground sprinkling systems, (1972) Vol 35, p 1278; mobile home as personal or real property under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; application of Homebuilders Law to mobile homes, (1978) Vol 38, p 693


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