A survey by housing charity Shelter has revealed that 51% of homeowners in England have encountered serious new build problems with their homes, including construction issues, faulty utilities and unfinished fittings.
Shelter published the survey of over 4,000 UK residents alongside a report finding that the country’s housebuilding sector is structured to favour land traders and big developers instead of families seeking homes.
The report, titled New Civic Housebuilding, stated that the current housebuilding system is too speculative, and failing families by producing expensive yet low quality homes. These findings come in the wake of a recent government housing white paper that described the market as ‘broken’.
Shelter representatives said that eight in 10 working families who are currently renting privately cannot afford a new-build home even with assistance from the Help to Buy scheme. The worst region is apparently the West Midlands, where 93% of families lack the means to buy a new home.