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Damning verdict on Persimmon Builders

Toxic developer Persimmon was branded ‘crooks, cowboys and con artists’ as yet another scandal unfolded over its shoddily built homes. Persimmon was attacked in Parliament  during Prime Ministers Questions after a block of its flats was found to be riddled with damp, causing misery for families.

In another complaint, a lady who had lost her husband moved into a new 3 bedroom detached Persimmon house and immediately identified problems. There were boot marks all over her carpet which was missing its protective covering and windows flew open even when locked. Hot and cold taps were plumbed the wrong way which took two weeks to repair while builders had to knock a big hole in a wall to correct the error. Washers were missing from sink piping which caused leaks while paint started yellowing with cracks appearing in the front door and walls.

With many other recorded complaints, Persimmon has faced persistent criticism. In an industry wide ratings survey, it has failed to win an average of more than three out of five stars since 2015. Roger Devlin, Persimmon’s chairman, has vowed to repair the FTSE 100 firm’s battered reputation after scandals which also saw it blasted for corporate excess due to an £85 million bonus paid to former boss Jeff Fairburn.

With critics complaining all this and more evidence that developers cannot be trusted a new homes ombudsman is being introduced to tackle problems in the industry.

Source: Daily Mail July 18 2019.

By Chris Willey

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