A recent shelter survey by YouGov found that over 50% of new built homes had issues. The online survey which polled 4,341 adults from the UK revealed that the main problems were with the construction of the homes, incomplete fittings and faulty utilities.
Following the move by Bovis Homes where they agreed to pay a compensation of £7m to clients for poorly built houses, a study that indicated that more than half of new homes buyers face major problems was done. In fact, the interim Chief for Bovis Homes, Earl Sibley, apologised for the poorly-built homes.
Published alongside the survey, was a Shelter report that surmised that the sector of house-building is rigged, favouring the big land traders and developers without considering the families searching for homes. It is currently speculated that this sector is failing homeowners by producing poor-quality homes, which unfortunately are expensive. This was from the recent housing white paper by the government which described the housing market as “broken”.
According to Shelter, an eighty percent of working families renting privately are unable to purchase a newly built home; even with the use of the Help to Buy Scheme by the government. Among the worst is the West Midlands region where 93% of families are unable to buy a new home whose price is on the average.
The charity whose survey was conducted urges a return to the good-quality building and affordable homes such as Cadbury workers’ model villages at Bournville, the Peabody and Guinness estates red brick developments, the garden cities of Welwyn and Letchworth and the Georgian and Victorian terraces in Bath and Edinburgh.
“I would prefer to live in a new home rather than an older one” is a statement many homeowners disagreed with, 41% of the YouGov research individuals to be precise. 29% agreed while 26% were neutral. 45% of the same polls disagreed that new homes are built to a standard higher than the older ones with 22% agreeing while 23% were undecided.
The findings are amid poor building standards complaints in the new homes. The National House Building Council, which warranties most of Britain’s new homes is being blamed and criticised to have failed in protecting customers. Shelter is fighting for a reshuffle of the house-building area and they claim to offer a variety of solutions. They also want the government to intervene and ensure new homes models are scaled up and make part of the ones by big house-builders, which are building only 50% of the 250,000 homes required in Britain yearly.
A suggestion talks about a public-private investment partnership for public land to deliver affordable homes which, in most cases have been sold to the highest bidder, leaving no chances for the land to be utilized smartly. Shelter tables a partnership model which equalises the business partnership of the land with long-term benefits. Here values rise with years instead of one big payment.
Shelter’s interim chief executive, Graeme Brown talks about a broken system that they have relied on. The said system failed despite offers by developers to construct ideal homes. He feels this current home building way has failed the nation.
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