IT IS probably the biggest purchase in anyone’s lifetime – yet buyers of newly built homes have fewer rights than someone buying a loaf of bread.

Now the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC) is calling on the government to include new-build houses in the Sale of Goods Act in order to give more protection to purchasers amid a rising tide of complaints about getting builders to return to the house to deal with “snagging” – minor but vexing faults.

In its response to the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) examination of the new-build market, the SCC says people buying from builders need new rights and should be assured of much clearer standards.

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