New Homes Ombudsman

After five years campaigning by our New Homes Expert, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced that a statutory New Homes Ombudsman would be created to a "champion homebuyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account" which when it is finally in place, should give new homebuyers an independent  means  of redress.

So over a year after that 1st October 2018 announcement, legislation to "require developers to belong to a new homes ombudsman" was included in the Queen’s speech 2019 (page 75). So despite this and the re announcements, it would appear to be a distinct danger that the statutory New Homes Ombudsman could be delayed for years. Until then, it looks possible that distressed new homebuyers will be forced to make do with an initial voluntary ombudsman, working to a Code drawn up with the housebuilding industry. Indeed, recent tweets would indicate the Consumer Code for Home Builders, the HBF and the government are colluding to create an industry led, industry administered new homes ombudsman which will be restricted only to breaches of a unified Code of Practice, drawn up by the industry. It is difficult to see how this could in anyway "champion homebuyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account" - especially the latter!


             From Consumer Code for Home Builders newsletter                  Tweet by Homes for Scotland - part of CCHB Board!

The current intention is it will be a new homes ombudsman in "shadow form" whatever that is, or will eventually mean for new homebuyers.

Whatever transpires it will be on this page that new homebuyers will be able to see how the new homes ombudsman will operate, in what form and how to make a complaint against their housebuilder.

It is hoped that builder buy-backs referred to as  "reversing the sale" in the 2018 New Homes Ombudsman Inquiry report will be one of the options available for the new homes ombudsman to adjudicate.

Until such time, we wait (and wait) for government to act and find out when the new homes ombudsman will be operational.