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Welcome - Member Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last Post by New Home Expert on February 21, 2018, 11:35:06 am »
The developers sound a right bunch of cowboys!

For a starts, £5,000 wouldn't cover the cost of re wiring your home and repairing and re decoration of walls and ceilings.

It seems pretty clear that they wouldn't have NHBC warranty either so using the warranty route would be difficult too.

It is precisely things like this why new home buyers need an independent  New Homes Ombudsman.
There is an 8-week consultation on this so please complete the questionnaire and give you views.
Click this link:

Until a New Homes Ombudsman exists, your only course of action is either accept the £5,000 or take the builder to court.

Buy To Let / Re: Is buy to let dead?
« Last Post by New Home Expert on February 21, 2018, 11:28:53 am »
I think the tax changes have all but killed it off.
Stamp Duty 3% more, and reduced tax allowances.
That said a 2 bed semi in West Sussex is advertised at £1,000 a month!
£12,000 a year on a low interest rate mortgage say 3% with prices going up 5% is still a decent yield if you can be bothered dealing with tenants and repairing the damage they leave.
Harron Homes / Re: Change to plans
« Last Post by Admin on February 21, 2018, 11:26:17 am »
Good idea!
Which is why today I have set up a Harron Homes sub category and moved all the Harron Homes posts.
People thinking of buying form Harron Homes really should read these 9 posts!
The Lounge / Re: The cost of a Pension
« Last Post by chemistdude on February 19, 2018, 11:14:18 pm »
LISA, ISA, Pensions and Property. Got to have it all.
Harron Homes / Re: Change to plans
« Last Post by chemistdude on February 19, 2018, 10:44:59 pm »
How come Harron Homes doesn't have its own board?
Buy To Let / Is buy to let dead?
« Last Post by chemistdude on February 19, 2018, 10:23:25 pm »
This board is a bit quiet. Who else here is a landlord? Is buy to let dead?
Welcome - Member Introductions / Hello
« Last Post by monkeyman on February 18, 2018, 03:33:12 pm »
Hello there.

We moved into a new-build 3 bed house last February - constructed by a smallish developer (RAA Developments).

Various snagging matters on moving in were highlighted and some shortly after (tiles in bathroom becoming uneven, raised, grouting coming away).

More seriously, the electrics are illegal despite an NIC certificate. An independent electrician brought round by the construction director said that the wires in the kitchen were too thin and would, in time, melt. It was then discovered that most of the wiring in the house is incorrect.

The carpet has no underlay (admittedly I should have spotted this prior to moving in) and the developers agreed to pay half the cost of new carpets which was agreed. However, the original carpets gave been stuck down with F44 industrial strength glue.

The developers were going to sort all the above matters out until I received an email saying could they pay me £5,000  to get everything done myself.

What would people do?   
General discussion / Re: New home - brick damage 1 year in
« Last Post by New Home Expert on February 17, 2018, 10:59:01 am »
Your only hope is top show that these are the wrong bricks for the exposure in your area.
It is called spalling and is caused by freeze thaw action.
That said the bricks should be to 9n/mm2 and to BS EN771 classified for F2/S" or F2/S1  against freezing.

Check your brick type against the manufacturer's literature online.
Write to the housebuilder and get it on record as you only have a year left to get this on record.
General discussion / Re: Collapsing retaining wall
« Last Post by New Home Expert on February 17, 2018, 10:52:24 am »
This is a structural issue so should be covered by the warranty.
Secondly, Barratt had a five year warranty of their own I seem to remember.
Lastly, as the problem of rotting timber and this retaining wall was reported (I hope in writing) to Barratt but never fixed, it is still covered by the NHBC warranty.

I think both you and your neighbour should make a joint claim to the NHBC and tell them it needs to be permanently resolved with a new warranty for the new wall. 
The fact that the contractor that installed the wall is now no longer trading is not an issue.

Any timber in contact with the ground must be treated timber. Crib lock timbers should really have been in green oak or maybe it should have been concrete!
You could try but I doubt Taylor Wimpey would agree.
Some clauses may not be able to be changed or removed too.
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