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New home owners are being forced to sign gagging orders after making successful claims for compensation about the quality of their new homes.
The Guardian has been made aware of NHBC, the regulator of new homes, issuing gagging orders or so-called non-disclosure agreement that not only restrict the homeowner from contacting the media about the problems with their property but also talking to neighbours in the development.
The gagging orders raise further questions about NHBC, which provides warranties for most new-build properties. Critics of the organisation claim it is failing to protect consumers amid a wave of complaints about the quality of new-build properties.
Seems to me that councils haven't not been doing their jobs properly *SHOCK HORROR*. The lot of them should be dragged off to court and prosecuted along with their building contractor pals ! ! ! This is such a scandal, how are they getting away with this **** ?!?!?!
We bought off plan properties from a well established UK developer and have owned the properties for over 6 years.
We have had faulty boilers, incorrectly installed glass hobs, brass plumbing pipes in bathroom walls separating due to paltry soldering and causing massive water damage which not only ruined the bathrooms but spread to the bedrooms.
We have also experienced incorrectly threaded washers on bathroom valves leading to slow leaks behind the built-in toilet bowls for the 6 years causing massive mold build up.
The lint drawer to the washing machine was also built-in, obstructing access and we had to employ a contractor to remove the kitchen foot plate to remove a blockage.
All the above has been for our account. Insurance are adamant they will involve themselves only if the problem originates from outside the unit notwithstanding the fact that the problems are a built flaw.
The above experiences have soured our desire to continue investing in the UK property market and we have placed our units on the market.
The costs of subsidizing the general" tenant mentality", which results in the trashing of our property or non payment of rental, coupled with the constant onslaught from government against Landlords has resulted in us deciding to invest elsewhere.
In many years of being a BTL investor I can categorically state that our worst experiences dealing with property "professionals" has been in the UK.
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