Persimmon homebuyers can withhold money until faults fixed

Jamie Hanlon, March 2019

A recent Guardian article has reported that the developer Persimmon has said it would offer up to 1.5% of a property to resolve any construction faults. This would allow homebuyers to withhold money until the faults were fixed. The development is encouraging, but it falls short of the typical retention on a civil engineering contract of 5%. A small proportion of the surveys we conduct are in new-build properties, and they have revealed faults such as draughts and potential issues with dot and dab. The video footage we provide of the survey would provide excellent evidence of the existance of thermal faults.