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“There were french windows but if you stepped out you would fall straight down,” said Fazle Syed, who bought a flat at New Lawrence House for his family. “I thought it was so bad that we decided not to live here. I paid £137,000 for this. It is disgusting. It is just devastating for my family. We have lost whatever we had and because there is a mortgage of £90,000 we are still paying that.”

He decided not to live there because of the French windows? He could easily have put some railings up to make them safe.And why didn't he sell? 

This has BTL written all over it. 

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25 minutes ago, Andy T said:

recall something about builders/developers being able to inspect/certify their own work recently, that building control don't inspect anymore. What a joke.

That is not true all developments have to be signed off by the LA building control 

Without the final sign off no solicitor will allow a property to complete, any exchange of contracts is null and void and all lenders will want to see the completion cert before releasing funds. 

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1 hour ago, happyguy said:

That is not true all developments have to be signed off by the LA building control 

Without the final sign off no solicitor will allow a property to complete, any exchange of contracts is null and void and all lenders will want to see the completion cert before releasing funds. 

The quoted person did complete though. That bits sounds fishy, how blind do you have to be to not notice that when you buy it? Fire-related issues are going to be much less obvious to non-experts but the french windows part raises questions about all concerned.

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1 hour ago, Andy T said:

I recall something about builders/developers being able to inspect/certify their own work recently, that building control don't inspect anymore. What a joke.

Happened in Edinburgh with PFI on new schools. They self inspected.

It led to walls falling down that could have killed 50+ easily if it had happened at another time of the day. They forgot to attach the wee things that actually attach the brickwork to the internal steel structure. NINE TONNES of Brick came down. :o

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38907714

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1 hour ago, happyguy said:

That is not true all developments have to be signed off by the LA building control 

Without the final sign off no solicitor will allow a property to complete, any exchange of contracts is null and void and all lenders will want to see the completion cert before releasing funds. 

Please see above. I'm pretty certain if a local council allowed self checking for a new school - they have done similar for housing developments. No idea of specifics though.

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That guy does sound a financial victim of it, but then again fortune has tended to favour the reckless in this housing market. Very sad for everyone but the Tory financing builders.

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On ‎25‎/‎09‎/‎2018 at 12:27, happyguy said:

That is not true all developments have to be signed off by the LA building control 

Without the final sign off no solicitor will allow a property to complete, any exchange of contracts is null and void and all lenders will want to see the completion cert before releasing funds. 

Unfortunately it is - The big housebuilders at the very least have been allowed to do it for several years - there are some old threads on here discussing  - even high end large detached new build houses with a disgraceful amount of serious safety related build problems.

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