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01/10/2017 12:32 PM
Bovis Homes CEO David Ritchie “Resigns”

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Officially at least, David Ritchie, CEO of Bovis Group, Britain’s 6th largest house builder by volume ‘stepped-down’ yesterday with immediate effect after eight years in charge. It took Bovis less than a day to remove Ritchie’s profile from its corporate website. The Evening Standard reported that “doubts over Ritchie’s position are understood to have come […]

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12/21/2016 12:19 PM
Commons Debate Leasehold New Houses Scandal

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“The PPI of the house building Industry” The APPG for Leasehold and Commonhold Reform managed to secure a debate in the commons chamber on Tuesday 20th December 2016 to discuss the leasehold new houses scandal. With 53 APPG members, it was surprising that only 13 MPs and Housing Minister Gavin Barwell attended initially. I previously […]

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11/18/2016 11:04 AM
Affordable home building has dipped to a 24-year low

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The latest data figures from the DCLG on Affordable Housing supply April 2015 to March 2016 published yesterday, show that the number of affordable homes built in England in 2015/16 has fallen to its lowest level for 24 years. In total, just 32,110 new affordable homes were added – a 52% decline on the previous […]

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11/07/2016 12:32 PM
Leasehold new houses – the next mis-selling scandal?

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Caught in a trap – Leasehold new houses Given the information, no new homebuyer would ever choose to buy a house with a leasehold title. Perhaps this is why some housebuilders hide this extremely important information from new homebuyers. Even if they do think to ask about the property title, it’s no good saying “People are […]

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11/04/2016 11:34 AM
Government push to build prefabs to meet its housing target

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Prefab Sprout! Flat pack new homes – no Allen keys required! But will  prefabs be the answer to Britain’s housing crisis? As reported in The Telegraph last Saturday, the government is to embark on a building programme to “embrace the first new generation of pre-packed homes since the reconstruction after the Second World War.” By using […]

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10/28/2016 10:08 AM
NHBC and David Wilson Homes on BBC Radio 4 You and Yours

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The BBC Radio 4 ‘You and Yours’ programme on 26 October 2016, was  a great opportunity to further promote the setting up of a government-appointed New Homes Ombudsman and the implementation of the other nine APPG report recommendations. This is necessary because as the APPG Inquiry discovered, both housebuilders and warranty providers are failing new homebuyers despite a […]

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10/28/2016 06:37 AM
Make Sure Your New House Is Not Leasehold

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Buyer beware: The great leasehold new house scam When will the incessant greed of housebuilders reach its zenith? Not content with charging premium house prices, large plc housebuilders keep coming up with new ways to squeeze every last drop of additional profit from unsuspecting new homebuyers. It started with overpriced optional extras and upgrades. Then shared […]

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10/22/2016 04:47 AM
Annual Report 2015/16 – Consumer Code for Home Builders

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The first  Annual Report by the Consumer Code for Home Builders since April 2014, was finally published this month. In May 2014, I asked the question, Is the Consumer Code for Home Builders (CCHB) fit for purpose? In March this year I wrote that the Consumer Code for Home Builders is failing new homebuyers. This voluntary code was […]

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10/19/2016 07:23 AM
Sign The Petition For Better Quality New Homes

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With  greater protection for those that buy them! The only way the housebuilding industry will change for the better, is if enough people sign this petition. This Government is pre occupied with its blinkered approach to increasing quantity of new homes being built, throwing billions of taxpayer’s money at housebuilders in the process. Just last […]

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10/18/2016 10:11 AM
Proposed Statutory Levy On Housebuilders That Fail To Train

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In February 2016, the government asked the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to look at the labour model within the construction industry and the pressures on skills and other constraints that limit housebuilding and infrastructure development in the UK. The CLC commissioned Mark Farmer to undertake a review and his report, The Farmer Review of the […]

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