How buying a Bovis home came with hundreds of snags

When Helen Batt went to view her recently purchased £389,995 Bovis-built home in Maidstone, Kent, for the first time before Christmas, she was expecting to see a spanking new four-bedroom house. Instead, the property in the Orchard Fields development was barely...

New home owners gagged over poor build and compensation claims

NHBC forcing buyers to sign agreement preventing them from contacting media about problems with their property or discussing with neighbours New home owners are being forced to sign gagging orders after making successful claims for compensation about the quality of...

Bovis to pay £7m to compensate customers for poorly built homes

Bovis Homes is to pay £7m to repair poorly built new homes sold to customers, raising fresh questions about the standards of new-build properties across the country and the regulation of the market. The company – one of the biggest housebuilders builders in Britain –...

More than half of new-build homes in England ‘have major faults’

More than half of the buyers of new homes have experienced major problems with their properties, according to research, which comes after Bovis Homes agreed to pay £7m compensation to customers for poorly built houses. A YouGov survey for the housing charity Shelter...

Unfinished Wrexham homes ‘blight on community’

A housing development put on hold for a decade has been called a “blight on the community”. Harron Homes said the scheme at Heol Berwyn, Cefn Mawr, was left unfinished following the 2007 financial crash. But residents called the delay...

Why are Britain’s new homes built so badly?

Weak mortar, faulty drainage, unfinished fittings … for many buyers of newly built properties in Britain, their dream home quickly turns into a nightmare. Last week, it emerged that residents had to move out of a recently completed Manchester apartment block,...
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