Inquiry into the Quality of New Build Housing in England

15 Jun 2016 9:58 am

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment is currently working on finalising the report from its last inquiry, which looked at the Quality and workmanship of new housing in England. It is hoped to be published by the end of May or the beginning of June 2016. Although the report hasn’t been finalised, I can confirm that the inquiry committee has agreed on a number of recommendations, and I would like to share a few of those with you this afternoon. 1. A New Homes Ombudsman should be set up. This would mediate disputes between consumers and their builders or warranty providers to offer a quick resolution procedure. 2. Standardised house building sales contracts should be enforced, meaning that the uncertainty surrounding bespoke builders’ contracts would be removed. 3. There should be a mandatory right for buyers to inspect and, should they wish, carry out a full survey of their property prior to financial completion. More details of this particular point will be announced in the final report. 4. To improve transparency, builders should be required to provide homebuyers with a comprehensive information pack. This would include plain English explanations so that homebuyers can understand exactly what they are buying.


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