People are moved out of £200,000 homes and into hotels because their new properties are not up to scratch (From Echo)
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People are moved out of £200,000 homes and into hotels because their Shoebury properties are not up to scratch
12:10pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Local News
DOZENS of people have been forced to move out of their new, £200,000 homes, due to a catalogue of building faults.
The homes, on the Parklands estate, in Shoebury, were only built by Bovis Homes three years ago, but families are now having to move into hotels while repair work is carried out.
Residents have reported cracked ceilings, drainage problems and overflowing toilets.
Some even claim they were told not to put anything heavy in their lofts, in case the ceilings collapsed.
One person, from Military Close, who asked not to be named, said: “I think the only thing that isn’t wrong with them is that the roof hasn’t blown off.
“We’re not allowed to put stuff in the loft because the insulation is apparently too heavy.
“We’ve been here two years and we’ve had regular problems.
“We’ve also been told the developers knew of the problems before people started moving into them.”
A woman living in the street claimed her family did not have a toilet for six months after moving into their house nearly two years ago.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “We were originally told to move out for a while.
“They wanted to move us into a hotel for 12 days, but now they’ve said they can do the work while we are in the house, which obviously we don’t want. I’ve asked about compensation and they said they don’t want to talk about that now.
“The drains are awful. The mess travels from toilet to toilet because plumbers come round and say nothing is wrong.
“If I wanted to move in ten years time, who would want to buy a house that has so many issues?”
Problems seem confined to terraced houses on the estate.
End terrace houses in Parklands are priced at £210,000 while mid-terrace houses are marketed at £200,000.
Anne Chalk, an Independent Shoebury councillor, has been supporting residents.
She said: “I think it’s shameful that these people have had to move out of the houses they have bought.
“They relied on the developer, but they’ve been left with terrible problems with floors and ceilings.”
Bovis Homes did not respond to a request to comment.
Bovis Homes built the Parklands estate on a 14-acre brownfield site, next to Asda, in North Shoebury Road, Shoebury, three years ago following an appeal to the Government.
The estate has 149 homes – 97 flats and 52 houses and includes 73 affordable homes.
The development, which includes a Marston’s Brewery pub, called Meadow Lark, was a controversial one, with residents opposing it on the grounds of overdevelopment of the site.
A spokesman for Bovis Home said: "We can confirm that we are dealing with a number of customers at the Shoebury development. Our customer care department are in touch with these customers on an individual basis.
"We take all complaints and our warranty obligations very seriously and aim to resolve any issues as swiftly and reasonably as possible.
"If any of our purchasers have any concerns we would ask that they contact the South East Customer Care team on 01474 876315 where we would be more than happy to assist as required."
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