Families who bought £180k homes on new-build Bradford estate find they are ...

Devastated families who bought £180,000 homes on new-build estate in Bradford claim they are effectively worthless after discovering they 'don't meet building regulations' Young families who spent life savings on dream homes left 'in a state of panic' The couples had invested up to £180,000 for the new-build houses in Bradford  They later learnt that the properties failed to not meet strict building regulations Then told estate backs onto a former landfill site which emits toxic methane gas  Developer Sherwood Homes later went into administration, leaving them in debt The gut-wrenching stories came to light in BBC One's Rip Off Britain programme 

By Amie Gordon For Mailonline

Published: 09:46 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 10:20 BST, 8 October 2020

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Young families who spent their life savings on their dream homes were left 'in a state of panic' after finding out the properties are worthless. 

Couples invested up to £180,000 for new-build houses before finding they failed to meet building regulations.

Owners were told the Bradford estate backs onto a former landfill site which still emits toxic methane gas.

They were then dealt another devastating blow when the developer Sherwood Homes went into administration, leaving them in thousands of pounds of debt.  

Adeel Azfal, 27, spent £175,000 on the home where he lives with his partner and two-year-old daughter. 

He told the BBC: 'I'm in £150,000 worth of debt to my mortgage provider and I'm paying for a house that's worth nothing at all.'

Graphic designer Chris Oliver and his wife Steph, 34 and 29, (pictured) decided to remortgage their new build five years later, but a valuation revealed the developers had failed to complete the home in line with building standards

Mr and Mrs Oliver purchased their three-bed house for £129,950 in 2014 with a 20% Help to Buy loan

Mr and Mrs Oliver purchased their three-bed house for £129,950 in 2014 with a 20% Help to Buy loan

All owners on the 13-property site have since found out their homes were not built in line with planning permission

All owners on the 13-property site have since found out their homes were not built in line with planning permission

Who is responsible?

In the UK all new homes are covered by a free 10-year home warranty and insurance guarantee, which provides protection against problems with the home’s construction and many other eventualities.

DURING THE BUILDING PROCESS 

If you have paid a deposit and something unforeseen happens with the building of your new home, such as the builder goes out of business, either your deposit will be refunded or, if the construction is close to competition, the home will be finished.

WITHIN THE FIRST TWO YEARS 

The builder will rectify any problems picked up within the first two years that do not meet the warranty provider’s technical requirements at no cost to the homeowner.

BETWEEN THREE AND 10 YEARS 

The warranty protects against issues with items such as staircases and internal plastering during years three to ten, as well as a range of structural defects too.

Source: MyToolShed 

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The gut-wrenching stories came to light in BBC One's Rip Off Britain. 

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