Catriona Bright the managing director of New Build Inspection, said: “We welcome the fact that the Government recognises there is a problem, especially as the housebuilding industry is spending a fortune on professional lobbyists and public relation campaigns claiming their house is in order.”

In its response the Government stated that contracts for the sale of new homes are not covered by the Sale of Goods Act. It claims that this is a fair reflection of the differences between buying goods and land, stating that the fundamental difference is that land is immovable.

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