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Grumpy Corner / BBC Launch Cynical Consultation To End FREE TV Licence For Over 75.
« Last Post by Albert on November 30, 2018, 06:25:18 am »
The Free TV licence to over 75's should and must be retained. 
If the BBC needs to make cuts, so be it.
The programmes are pretty bad, low quality, mainly "reality TV" anyway and the "stars" like Gary Lineker, are paid far too much. He gets £2million a year for a few minutes on Match of the Day.
You cannot expect pensioners to contribute to this.

There is no need for reform of the Free TV Licence for over 75's.
This concession for over-75s must be retained.

There are far too many unnecessary BBC employees, earning  high wages. How many news readers and weather presenters does it need? The BBC should be looking to cut waste and duplication not seeking to make elderly pensioners poorer.

The BBC consultation is a cynical attempt to gather "evidence", in an attempt to encourage many younger people to provide supportive data to force through  the over 75's paying for a TV licence. This  under the veiled threat that their programmes (BBC 3) could be cut. This ageism must be stopped.

If the Free TV Licence for over 75's is scrapped or limited, there will be justifiable outrage.
NHBC Warranty / NHBC Deadlock
« Last Post by dr_tarn on November 29, 2018, 07:09:21 pm »
Any thoughts would be greatly welcomed. As a quick summary:
- Purchased new home in January and immediately found well over 150 defects
- Raised this with home builder and they advised site team would sort out.
- Little progress and poor quality of what they did do. Raised to area manager.
- Same result, raised to group director, letter advising would seek to resolve in two weeks.
- Another team arrived, did more damage than they fixed, Little progress and unearthed unsafe
  electrics and lack of proper fire certification.
- Stopped builder access and raised with NHBC. No return calls, complaint upheld.
- Resolution meeting held with outcome of around 40 non-conformances. Builder did not act through
  enforcement period.
- NHBC did not respond again, 2nd complaint elicited no active response, claiming would need to have a
  second inspection at the property. Builder showed commitment by agreeing to a 2nd visit and there
  are no actual timescales in the NHBC policy.
- NHBC advised do not deal with building regulations, i.e. electrics and fire certificates, so also on
  second complaint with East Devon Council building control currently.
- Recovered some funds, under small claims court route in relation to extras, but outstanding issues
  could be up to £10,000 -£20,000.
- Dedicated review website purchased ready to publish experience and considering next, potential legal
- Deadlock, with NHBC demanding they do a second inspection as tradespeople had visited property in
  the interim, although clearly for other unrelated issues.

Complete fiasco, with potential options
1. Publish with unflattering content, we believe this yielded little for another victim.
2. Go to financial ombudsman and chip away through small claims.
3. Engage lawyers to progress and stop NHBC and potential ombudsman route.

Any thoughts would be very gratefully received?
Snagging and defects / Re: Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by MacedoI on November 29, 2018, 11:39:53 am »
Hi. Thanks for the feedback.
The frames are not pvc but metal. And the frames are hollow.
Someone from Barratt came over and he pointed out that metal frames can be less efficient when it comes to block noise. They said they will look into it.

I don't think this is timber block. It's a pretty much standard brick block.

You are probably right re the problem being about flanking sound travelling to the flat. Also, when we hear it, most of the times if you go to the balcony you most likely not hear anything, just inside.

Would you say it's easy to determine whether or not there are gaps or insulation missing on the window frames?

It's still under the NHBC warranty and the developer representative is coming over today to evaluate the situation. Not sure how he'll do that - there'll be no noise if there's nobody downstairs.

In any case it's just odd and we are a bit afraid they just won't fix it.
Snagging and defects / Re: Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by New Home Expert on November 29, 2018, 10:41:59 am »
I've never heard of filling presumably PVCu frames with sand!

I think what you have is "flanking" sound. 
If you are living in a timber frame block fire-stopping (fire socks) around every frame and horizontally, both sides of each floor level are required, not just for sound, but for fire.

I suspect there are gaps in this or it is missing or has fallen away.

If the block is traditional masonry brick and block inner skin, it would need to have cavity insulation to meet standards. again this should help with sound insulation but could be missing on the mainly window wall.

Snagging and defects / Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by MacedoI on November 28, 2018, 04:58:01 pm »
Firstly let me introduce myself. My name is Ivo and I just purchased one apartment from Barratt Homes.

Secondly apologies in advance if this is not the right section on the forum to post this.

We moved in less than a month ago and we’ve noticed that we can hear downstairs conversations. Not every word but murmurs. Same with music. We don't think the downstairs neighbours are loud at all, we suspect something else might be wrong.

Surprisingly, the sound seems to be coming from the windows or it's frames.
Ah, worth mentioning that this is happening mainly in the  living room where most of the walls are basically either windows/balcony or glass.

We asked around and few people claim they are experiencing the same thing. One of them actually mentioned that Barratt filled up the frames of his flat with sand?!
Anyway the development is relatively new so someone from Barratt is coming over tomorrow.

I was just wondering if anyone has experienced something similar and whether or not the developer manage to help at all.

Snagging and defects / Re: Stud Wall Advise - Overheard conversation with builders
« Last Post by PercyMann7 on November 28, 2018, 03:05:34 pm »
If the information you got from the tape is correct, at some point a structural engineer will have specified a buttress stud wall and some sort of specialist screw/bolt fixing to connect the internal wall to the external wall.

This is rare but can be needed in large detached houses (usually with a square footprint ) to maintain the stability of the external masonry walls. The metal stud size mentioned will not do the job. A larger than normal timber stud with plywood to one or both sides is normally specified. You will need to employ a structural engineer to check whatever the builder says to you in response.
As I said, my advice is to send a copy of your recording to the regional office MD and ask them your questions.
Buying and Selling / Re: Exchange....but why?
« Last Post by New Home Expert on November 28, 2018, 07:34:42 am »
Nearly all housebuilders expect buyers to exchange contracts with 28 days. This means paying 10% deposit, which is non-refundable if you back out for whatever reason afterwards.

The exchange 10% deposit would be made up of your own savings and/or the exchange deposit from your existing home which you would need to sell first if you haven't got savings.

The home isn't built yet and you are buying off-plan. By the sound of it you haven't even seen Bellway's brochure yet.  The price could and often does go up as the home is constructed so buying off plan means you benefit before even moving in. But be ware you could be locked into buying at a HIGHER price is the market falls which is could do with all this Brexit going on.

You may have an opportunity to book an "early bird" where you get first refusal on a particular plot when it is released for sale. This might give you time to at least exchange on your current house.
You may even be able to get a housebuilder to part-exchange on your existing home.

My advice would be NOT to buy one of the first homes on a development.  Even better, not to buy a new home at all until a New Homes Ombudsman is set up by government.
Thanks for your reply.

One of the guys in the room is the person that looks after the forward builds. The other I think must be involved in the builds or his manager as once they discovered what it was he called him to come look. The other guy talking about the other houses is the guy doing the repair.

They do seem to have cured the squeaky floor which was a pain but I'm concerned how permanent a fix it is as I think they have just packed under the walls. It also sounded like they moved some sort of metal away from the head track or joists.

Do you know if they would have had to follow a design that says it should have timber or steel or can they choose what they want?

I didn't know whether to ask the guy who looks after the forward builds in the convo and also the site manager over to discuss and play it them or like you say forward it direct to the builder? Not sure if that then gives them chance to come up with an excuse.

It's just so typical that I buy the only house on the site that has been built differently from the sounds of it due to cutting costs. What takes the Micky a bit more is our plot is more expensive than our next door neighbour's and the one's opposite of the same house type.

I'm happy to send you a private link so you can listen yourself as I have shortened the conversation and not complete if you want. PM me or let me know your email and can send you the links.

Buying and Selling / Exchange....but why?
« Last Post by l33nap on November 27, 2018, 04:25:44 pm »
Hi forum - I am a new member! 
I'm a little confused and wondered if someone could clarify something for me.

I currently own a property which I live in. The new build we want to purchase doesn't even have a show home up yet but we are well informed from looking at the planning permission details on the council website. 

We have been told by the builder (in this case Bellway) that we should come along on the day of opening to reserve our plot.  I have sought some advice from a mortgage advisor today and the mortgage won't be an issue however she did mention that the house builder might push to exchange asap.  And if we don't exchange then the reservation will be lost the plot can be sold. 

How on earth are you expected to exchange when you haven't sold your current home and haven't even seen the inside of the walls yet?  Thanks in advance for your help.
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