Consultants will lead a review of homeowner protection to address public and industry concerns about poor home construction. The province awarded the contract last week to Novus Consulting Group Ltd., in partnership with Costello Fitt Ltd. “I am very pleased to see that consultants have been hired so that we can move forward with the review,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I have heard from many individuals and groups who have concerns and want the opportunity to take part in a public consultation process.” The first stage involves researching best practices. It will also seek targeted input to help identify issues and concerns. The information gathered will be used to develop a discussion paper that will be the focus of stage two, which is broad industry and public consultations to identify issues and possible solutions. The consultations are expected to take place in May and will be advertised to make sure everyone has an opportunity to comment. The consultants’ homeowner protection review report and recommendations will be ready by summer. The $87,000 contract was awarded through government tender.