The following information is for homes reserved after 1st January 2023.
If you reserved your home before 31st December 2022, the Consumer Code for Home Builders will apply to your home purchase — please see more information here: https://consumercode.co.uk/the-code/what-is-the-code/
Housebuilders and developers who build new homes will be expected to register with the New Homes Quality Board (NHQB). As long as a housebuilder or developer has followed the correct registration process, including completing the necessary training, introducing a complaints procedure, and following other processes and procedures that are needed to meet the requirements of this New Homes Quality Code (the code), they will become a registered developer.
Registered developers agree to follow the code and the New Homes Ombudsman Service, including accepting the decisions of the New Homes Ombudsman in relation to dealings with customers. If a registered developer does not meet the required standards, or fails to accept and act in line with the decisions of the New Homes Ombudsman, they may have action taken against them, including being removed from the register of registered developers.
The code sets out the requirements that registered developers must meet. The code may be updated from time to time to reflect changes to industry best practice as well as the decisions of the New Homes Ombudsman Service.
All homes built by registered developers must meet building-safety and other regulations. All registered developers should aim to make sure there are no snags or defects in their properties before the keys are handed over to a customer. If there are any snags or defects, these should be put right within the agreed timescales.
What the code covers
For the purposes of this code, ‘customer’ means a person who is buying or intends to buy a new home which they will live in or give to another person. (If a new home is being bought in joint names, ‘the customer’ includes all the joint customers.)
However, the New Homes Quality Board have also started work to consider other groups of customers and what they should be able to expect from a new home. This includes shared owners and people who are buying a new home to let to other people.
Any changes the New Homes Quality Board make to the code to reflect the needs of other groups of customers will be developed through consultation, and they will continually assess and review the effectiveness of the code, and any new laws or regulations that apply.
Other areas which are not covered by the code are claims for loss of property value or blight (where a property falls in value or becomes difficult to sell because of major public work in the area), personal injury or claims that are not covered by the scheme rules of the New Homes Ombudsman Service.
For more information on the New Homes Quality Code, please visit: https://www.nhqb.org.uk/
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