Mortgage lenders will usually require that a warranty is in place before lending on a newly built property, as detailed in the Council of Mortgage Lenders handbook. The stages are usually but can sometimes be more : foundations, drainage, superstructure e. For flats, they also inspect roof construction. In the first two years, the builder is responsible for fixing any defects caused by its failure to build to NHBC Technical Standards.
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Mortgage lenders will usually require that a warranty is in place before lending on a newly built property, as detailed in the Council of Mortgage Lenders handbook.
The stages are usually but can sometimes be more : foundations, drainage, superstructure e. For flats, they also inspect roof construction.
In the first two years, the builder is responsible for fixing any defects caused by its failure to build to NHBC Technical Standards. If the builder fails to do this, or has gone out of business, NHBC will take responsibility to fix the defect.
From the start of the third year, until the home is ten years old, NHBC is responsible for putting right defects to the structural and weather-proofing parts of the home caused by breaches of its Technical Standards. Building Control[ edit ] In , under the Building Act , the NHBC set up a subsidiary company; NHBC Building Control Services Ltd, and became the first private sector building control body licensed as an Approved Inspector, for the purpose of verifying that buildings are built in accordance with the building regulations across England and Wales.
They also offer a wide range of training courses for building professionals, including construction related National Vocational Qualifications NVQs. NHBC compiles and distributes statistics and analysis about the UK housing market that are used by government and financial institutions, as well as homebuilders.
Purchasers of new homes are also surveyed, providing statistics about levels of customer satisfaction in their homes. The aim of the Code is to ensure that new home buyers are given all the information they need about their new home before they sign contracts, and treated fairly afterwards.
As a Registered Housebuilder under the voluntary scheme, houses were inspected during building, buyers were covered by a two-year warranty against major defects, and against the insolvency of the builder.. In and , changes were introduced, including the extension of the warranty to ten years.
In , the name changed to the National House Building Council NHBC , and the organisation became completely independent from government and house builders. It was approved by the Department of Trade as an insurance company. Criticism[ edit ] The NHBC was criticised on a edition of the BBC consumer television programme Watchdog , for failing to repair homes due to incorrect surveying of problem properties by relevant professionals, and thus failing to either compensate owners financially or fix any problems promptly, for newly built properties under their warranty.
NHBC argued that the cases showed how complex construction issues can be, and that expert opinions from construction professionals could differ. They also stated that they resolve claims from around 15, homeowners each year on homes up to 10 years old, and also help to resolve around 5, disputes between homeowners and their builders each year.
NHBC Standards 2019
Established over 75 years ago as an independent, non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, its primary purpose is to raise standards in the new home building industry and provide consumer protection for new home buyers. The NHBC provides warranty cover to 1. These are made at critical stages of construction before the next stage is started. The NHBC claim the competition "has been instrumental in driving up the quality of new homes for 37 years.
NHBC Technical newsletter - April 2007
Technical Standards and Regulations