By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
Realtor Ranjay Singh’s Ancaster-based Rocket Homes and Property Management is facing a $25,000 fine for failing to abide by the rules of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.
The fine was levied in Hamilton Provincial Offences Court March 10 for Singh’s alleged failure to register as a builder and failing to enrol two homes with Tarion Warranty Corporation. Under the new home warranty act, home builders are required to register as a builder and enrol, before construction, every new home with the private corporation that regulates the new home building industry in Ontario.
Singh, known in the community as Rocket Roger or Roger Singh, was once registered with Tarion, but was refused registration by a legal tribunal in 2010.
Melissa Yollick, senior manager, corporate communications for Tarion, said the organization generally does not publicly disclose why a builder’s licence is refused.
“Tarion has the authority to revoke a builder’s registration and may take that action for a number of reasons,” she stated in an email. “Some examples include when a builder breaches terms and conditions of registration, if a builder has after-sales service issues, construction performance issues, or for financial reasons.”
Since losing his registration, Tarion claims Singh has built and sold two new homes — one in Hamilton and another in Ancaster.
However, Singh denies the allegations and said he plans to appeal the provincial offences court conviction.
“I missed the court date, and I’ve talked to my lawyer and we’re in the midst of an appeal,” he said.
Singh added Tarion’s “facts are not even correct” in terms of the location of the two homes. Singh maintains he built a home in Stoney Creek for himself and a second Hamilton home that he plans to rent to students.
“I didn’t need to register with Tarion...but I wasn’t able to defend myself. It’s not their (Tarion’s) mandate because I never sold these homes.”
Dave Roberts, director of enforcement for Tarion, encourages new home buyers to search Tarion’s Ontario Builder Directory on Tarion.com to ensure they are dealing with a registered builder. The directory shows that in the past 10 years, Rocket Homes & Property Management Inc. has built 24 homes in Brantford, Burlington, Ancaster, Dundas, Hamilton and Stoney Creek.
Five homes have been deemed by Tarion as “homes with claims,” which means the builder has failed to resolve a homeowner claim and Tarion has stepped in to make repairs or provide a cash settlement.
Over the past 10 years, Tarion has paid out $11,968.65 to resolve claims associated with homes built by Rocket Homes and Property Management. Nine homes have been the subject of a “chargeable conciliation.” According to the builder directory, conciliation occurs when Tarion determines that one or more items reported by the homeowner are warranted under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and the builder failed to repair or resolve the items during an applicable repair period.
Singh said two bouts with Bell’s palsy — which generally causes temporary paralysis of one side of the face — might have made him less “on the ball” as usual in the past couple of years.
“But half the things Tarion alleges are minor issues. I have never had any problems with my homes,” said Singh.
The local realtor grew up in Hamilton’s east end and has called this area home for 35 years. After graduating from Orchard Park Secondary School, he received his BA in business administration from Brock University. Singh received his real estate license in October 2000.