The great weak mortar scandal that housebuilders and warranty providers want to keep hidden. There is now increasing incidence of new homebuyers reporting the issue of weak or soft mortar in the brickwork of their new homes. The solution if carried out, could in the worst case scenario, involve the demolition and rebuilding of the […]
The government has finally recognised the need for an independent New Homes Ombudsman and an APPG Inquiry is currently calling for evidence on how it would operate. It is not impossible to build a defect-free new home. All that is required is the will to do so – building with care and with a thorough inspection regime that […]
Caught in a trap! Taylor Wimpey “sorry” for ripping off leaseholders! Some mistakes are hard to fix. It is better to be careful – not sorry! Taylor Wimpey used a trading statement last week to announce their ‘conclusions’ following a review into the company’s historic lease structures. This focused solely on a specific lease structure […]
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Welcome to ‘rabbit hutch’ Britain as Government gives the green ight to even smaller micro homes “Ridiculous” – “immoral” – “dog kennels” – “shoe boxes” – “rabbit hutches” These are just some of the words local residents have used to describe Britain’s micro homes – Government-endorsed “favelas in the sky.” It would appear the Government is intent on […]
New homebuyers are short-changed as the latest revision to housebuilders’ ‘non-mandatory’ Consumer Code is published. A year ago, I wrote an article that I showed the Consumer Code for Home Builders (CCHB) is failing new homebuyers. The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) Inquiry Into the quality of new homes concluded in its Report that: “The evidence points […]
HBF Customer Satisfaction Survey Results 2017 HBF survey results 2017. After a long and unexplained delay, the Home Builders Federation (HBF), with an income of over £3million (2015), mostly funded by its member housebuilders, finally published its annual New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey Results and house builder star ratings for 2017 late yesterday. Unlike the rest of […]
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Regardless of what fictional character Gordon Gecko once said, “Greed for want of a better word is” most definitely not good! As details emerged earlier this week of David Ritchie’s pay-off. The former chief executive of Bovis Homes “resigned” on 9th January 2017 after a profit warning and ahead of the scandal of buyers being […]
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The parliamentary petitions system has come under criticism lately when it was revealed that fewer than ten of the thousands of petition appeals launched by the public had led to a change of policy.As at 3 March 2017, more than 28,400 applications were submitted to the Commons petitions committee in the past 19 months. The […]
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Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of HBF interview on BBC Radio 4 Today – Saturday 11 February True to form the Home Builder’s Federation [HBF] the industry’s PR and lobby group, conducts a perfect whitewash on the facts as their executive chairman Stewart Baseley trots out a well-used, well-rehearsed HBF rhetoric. The two main points the […]
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Carbon Monoxide Alarms The fitting of carbon monoxide alarms in new homes should be a mandatory requirement of the Building Regulations in England and Wales. It may come as a surprise to learn that every year over 4,000 people are admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning that could lead to brain damage and strokes – with […]
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