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Most sites have this and it is commonly know as "Fleecehold"  and the reason is clear.

Not sure what is in your deeds and/or other agreements, but I suspect that there is nothing to stop these companies and agents jacking up the costs you pay year on year. 

I think you should contact the solicitor who conveyed the home to you and ask his advice.
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Snagging and defects / Re: bathroom not been tanked? from what i can see
« Last Post by New Home Expert on January 21, 2022, 08:13:43 am »
From what you have said, I would suggest you have a leak somewhere. Considering the tiling was completed before the bath was fitted it is likely the gap between the bath and the wall is letting water past as any silicone could have come away.

No the housebuilder wont do anything at all about this after the 2 years are up.
And Yes the NHBC won't help you either as it is not a structural defect, although you could try making a warranty claim it is likely the value of the claim would be less than the NHBC minimum claim value anyway.
However, it could be that your floor joists are affected and this would be structural and it needs checking as the water leak has been going on for years.

You may even be able to make a claim on your home insurance for the leak once identified.




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Snagging and defects / Re: Advice on garden topsoil
« Last Post by New Home Expert on January 21, 2022, 08:03:01 am »
Weeds grow in paths so there may be hope but it will waterlog in winter and dry out in summer.

I am no soil expert either. In my experience the backer it is the better. It should be able to be crumbled in your hand and it should be free draining. 

I cant see anyone doubting this isn't mostly clay, as you could always have it analysed in a lab.
Pity you let them put turf on top as it is now more costly and you will be forced to wait until the turf dies.
WRITE to the housebuilder now and tell then you are not accepting it as it is because the grass will die.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Gaps
« Last Post by New Home Expert on January 21, 2022, 07:56:49 am »
Looks like the skirting board is missing on the first photo, which will close the gaps.
Gap under kitchen unit could be sealed with clear silicone but it is not excessive in my opinion.

Plaster finish looks dreadful by the way.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Creaky Ceilings and Missing Insulation
« Last Post by michalbuilder on January 20, 2022, 08:38:10 pm »
My 'resolution report' came directly to me from the NHBC, and Taylor Wimpey accepted all points within it. Therefore the existence of a workmanship issue in the lounge, and which must have been there at the time the building was constructed, is already common ground.

The disagreement is now about the existence of the same fault in the kitchen, and I'm not going through another year to get another NHBC to report on that (the NHBC are seeing it as a separate claim. For me it's just the same problem either side of a wall). I'll just gather evidence it is the same problem and then put that in the final claim for damages against the builder

As the NHBC keep reminding me, it is the builder that is responsible for the warranty in the first two years, but they are liable under the common law for six years for damages anyway for faults that arise as a result of their - if you have a build contract with them rather than just a transfer of property.

After going through all this rigmarole it seems to me that the best approach is just a good old 'claim for damages' under the common law if the builder refuses to play ball.

Until we get the New Homes Ombudsman that can award damages and force a builder to do work, that looks like the easiest option. Everything else has been a colossal waste of time.

This last weekend was a year since I opened the case with my legal cover provider over this. I'm not that much further forward.

Hi Neil,

Have you got anywhere with your creaking ceiling? I have been having a similar issue and already had four different investigations and my builder has no idea what is causing the creaking. It absolutely drives me crazy now and I am so determined to have it resolved.
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Snagging and defects / Re: David Wilson Homes on-going issues
« Last Post by michalbuilder on January 20, 2022, 08:12:25 pm »
Hi Maxell,

Yes I agree with you and understand what you are saying.

I personally contacted said company myself to seek more information as I was/am thinking the same way as yourself and they seem to be one of very very few I can come across on the internet.

I expressed my doubts of wether or not my issue was exactly what they are saying it to be...

They said in similar words that distinguishing the difference between a creaky floor, creaking stud wall or loose joist hanger is easy if you have the experience of working to resolve those distinct noises, just the same as the noises produced by micro cracking. The noises micro cracking produce are very unique and easy to diagnose, but only if you have the necessary experience of resolving that issue.

They also claim to have been resolving this issue for a number of years now so that makes me have a little faith in what I have been told.

Hello,

I have a similar issue in my new build and wondered if you got anywhere with yours? Do you have a telephone number to SLK remedials? For some reason, it is not available on their website and they are not responding to my emails.

Many thanks
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Snagging and defects / Re: Gaps
« Last Post by semi_twigs0s on January 20, 2022, 08:10:56 pm »
Reposting the pics.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Advice on garden topsoil
« Last Post by Jay.EX on January 20, 2022, 07:44:36 pm »
Thanks for your answer,

Is there any standard for topsoil?

I am very much not an expert on soil and I might argue with developer but then they will say that this top soil for them.
Not sure how to approach them with it.
Obviously they drop turf on that as I expected,
Chances that this will survive is 0%
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Snagging and defects / Gaps
« Last Post by semi_twigs0s on January 20, 2022, 07:37:49 pm »
What fixes are acceptable for these gaps? Is wood filler + paint an acceptable fix, or both boards taken out and redone?

How about the 3rd one -- between the floor and the kitchen cupboard skirting?
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General discussion / New housing estate with ground property maintenance charge
« Last Post by Larwood32 on January 20, 2022, 01:40:04 pm »
We live on a new housing estate 2 years old and we have to pay for the upkeep of the grounds which I am happy to pay. 

What I am not happy about is that the the company who run the ground maintenance as put the price up 43% this year £166 to £237, surely this is illegal and daylight robbery, does anyone know what we can do about this ?
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