What is the Code?

The Consumer Code for New Homes is a mandatory code which has been established to ensure that best practice is followed by all registered developers in respect of the marketing, selling and purchasing of new homes. The code also sets standards for after-sales customer care service.

It was developed to be of maximum benefit to consumers. Its ultimate aim is to provide a genuine commitment to consumers to improving standards of construction and customer service in the new homes market. It recognises that part of that commitment is providing consumers with a voice when things simply don’t go according to plan when they buy a new home.

The Code provides a clear consumer complaints process supported by an independent dispute resolution scheme for consumer complaints that arise and are made in writing to us, your developer, within two years of the date of the completion of your new home purchase. This is run independently by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

 

What does the Code Cover?

The Code covers the new home buying process to ensure that the selling activities we engage in are of a consistently high standard. This includes:

  • Pre-Purchase Stage: ensuring high standards of customer service, fair and clear documentation, adequate information provision
  • Contract Exchange Stage: governing the Contract of Sale, requiring minimum standards for fair and transparent contracts, accurate information about when the property will be available and protecting deposits
  • Handover & After Sales: providing minimum standards for handover and after-sales processes, ensuring your health & safety and ensuring you have suitable information for maintaining and living in your property
  • Complaints & Disputes: giving you access to clear, speedy and low-cost dispute resolution if things don’t go according to plan

Purpose of the Code

Purchasing a new home is a significant expense for most consumers and there are many different factors which you will consider when buying. These include location, design and suitability as well as price and reputation of your developer.

The Consumer Code for New Homes aims to ensure that consumers are protected from undesirable trading practices during the new home purchase process and so sets standards for all registered developers so that they are consistent and of the highest standards to ensure the whole process is as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

The Code provides us with a mark of real quality, to give you the peace of mind that, when you are buying a new home, you:

  • will be treated fairly by us and our agents
  • can have confidence in our legal and professional status as a company
  • will be given clear and reliable information about your new home and the purchase process
  • will know what standards of construction & service level to expect from us
  • can access speedy, low-cost Dispute Resolution if you are not satisfied with the sales process
  • will understand what you have to do to maintain your New Home and address any problems that may arise
    and if you are in a vulnerable position, this is readily identified by us and we will give your suitable support to help assist you in making decisions.

You can download a copy of the Consumer Code for New Homes here and a copy of the Homeowner Guide to the Code here.

To find out more about the Consumer Code for New Homes, please visit www.consumercodefornewhomes.com

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