“Builders gag buyers over shoddy work”

Buyers of substandard new homes are being asked to sign gagging orders to keep the faults secret and are routinely refused access to technical plans that show how their properties should have been constructed.

Some owners are then locked out of their homes during repairs, an investigation by The Sunday Times has found.

The research reveals how builders wield power over buyers at every stage of the new-build market, allowing quality to slip as the government spends £43bn on stimulating private housebuilding to try to hit a target of 1.5m new homes by 2022. …”

Sunday Times, page 4 (paywall)

The article talks of builders forcing people to sign non-disclosure agreements and are forced out of their homes so they cannot see what work has been done before remedial work is carried out so neighbours and press cannot find out.

Bellway, Taylor Wimpey, Strata, Barratt and Bovis mentioned for various alleged transgressions.