The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has produced a report on the quality and workmanship of new housing in England.(1) It contains 10 recommendations:

  • setting up the New Homes Ombudsman;
  • standardisation of housebuilding sales contracts;
  • a right for buyers to inspect properties before completion;
  • a requirement for builders to provide buyers with a comprehensive information pack;
  • a review of consumer rights laws governing new house purchases;
  • a thorough review of warranties;
  • the adoption of quality systems to International Organisation for Standardisation standards for housebuilders;
  • a significant increase in skills training;
  • a minimum standard for compliance inspections; and
  • the housebuilders' annual customer satisfaction survey should be more independent.

For further information on this topic please contact Chris Fellowes at Mayer Brown International LLP by telephone (+44 20 3130 3000) or email (cfellowes@mayerbrown.com). The Mayer Brown International LLP website can be accessed at www.mayerbrown.com.

This article was first published by the International Law Office, a premium online legal update service for major companies and law firms worldwide. Register for a free subscription.

Endnotes

(1) See: http://kj06q2hv7031ix 2143c36tpx.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/APPG-Final-Report-More-Homes-fewer-complaints.pdf.