Construction Contractors and Contracts

ORS 701.605
Recording of written warranty agreement


To facilitate the handling of warranty work or remediation of defects to a new commercial or residential structure or a zero-lot-line dwelling, a contractor who builds the structure may present for recording in the deed records of the county in which the new structure is built a written warranty agreement that:


Is signed by the contractor and the original owner of the new structure;


Sets forth any express warranties furnished by the contractor; and


Contains the names of the contractor and the original property owner, the title of the document, a legal description of the property and acknowledgment of the signatures of the parties in the same manner as the parties to a deed are acknowledged.


The warranties set forth in the recorded warranty agreement:


Benefit and burden subsequent owners of the structure.


Cease to affect title to the property 10 years after the date the instrument is recorded. [2005 c.169 §2; 2007 c.648 §29]
Note: See note under 701.560 (Definitions for ORS 701.560 to 701.595 and 701.605).
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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