150 homeowners hit by £1,200 bill to repair leaky roofs

Essex County Standard: 150 homeowners hit by £1,200 bill to repair leaky roofs 150 homeowners hit by £1,200 bill to repair leaky roofs

MORE than 150 homeowners have been told to pay £1,200 for repairs to leaky roofs on their flagship development.

An investigation has found it will cost £1.3million to fix 14 blocks of flats and houses in Colchester’s Hythe.

Residents have been sent invoices for the insurance excess.

Weston Homes, which built the development in Caelum Drive seven years ago, says it has found no evidence of defects but will review an inspection report.

See Wednesday's Gazette for a special report

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3:36pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Property management company Red Rock, said Weston Homes has a moral obligation to pay some of the excess!

They should have a legal obligation to cover all the costs? Sounds like Western Homes are cowboy builders?
Property management company Red Rock, said Weston Homes has a moral obligation to pay some of the excess! They should have a legal obligation to cover all the costs? Sounds like Western Homes are cowboy builders? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 13

5:31pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Boris says...

When they bought their flats, their solicitors no doubt checked all the terms and conditions, responsibilities, etc. Anyone buying a new home is going to face potential problems.
If Weston Homes has a moral obligation, it is to pay substantial amounts annually to Colchester United and CBC for the naming rights to their stadium. (Anyone know how much they pay?)
It is not ideal for our football club to be sponsored by a cowboy builder, but at least they are not as bad as loan sharks like Wonga.
When they bought their flats, their solicitors no doubt checked all the terms and conditions, responsibilities, etc. Anyone buying a new home is going to face potential problems. If Weston Homes has a moral obligation, it is to pay substantial amounts annually to Colchester United and CBC for the naming rights to their stadium. (Anyone know how much they pay?) It is not ideal for our football club to be sponsored by a cowboy builder, but at least they are not as bad as loan sharks like Wonga. Boris
  • Score: -5

6:52pm Wed 16 Jul 14

cynicalsubber says...

It would be nice to think that it was just greedy buy to letters who were hit by this, but I fear that a lot of 20 and 30 somethings who were desperate to get on the property ladder will also be affected. It's obvious to anyone over 40 that the way houses and flats have been thrown up over the last 20 years means that they will be slums before the first mortgage is paid off. Council houses should never have been sold off, but the fact is that the only property worth buying is late Victorian (the earlies were jerry builders) and 1940s and 50s ex-council houses - they have decent-sized rooms, good gardens, and are laid out with a thought to family life. Anything built in the 60s. 70s and 80s probably has faults, while anything built from the 90s onwards is a rabbit hutch with a serious lack of storage.
It would be nice to think that it was just greedy buy to letters who were hit by this, but I fear that a lot of 20 and 30 somethings who were desperate to get on the property ladder will also be affected. It's obvious to anyone over 40 that the way houses and flats have been thrown up over the last 20 years means that they will be slums before the first mortgage is paid off. Council houses should never have been sold off, but the fact is that the only property worth buying is late Victorian (the earlies were jerry builders) and 1940s and 50s ex-council houses - they have decent-sized rooms, good gardens, and are laid out with a thought to family life. Anything built in the 60s. 70s and 80s probably has faults, while anything built from the 90s onwards is a rabbit hutch with a serious lack of storage. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 11

9:21am Thu 17 Jul 14

romantic says...

Mates of mine who are builders have been saying for at least the last decade "don't touch new-builds", and this is exactly why. Weston Homes may be in the right legally, but morally, they should be hanging their heads in shame at a construction which is already defective less than a decade after opening.

cynicalsubber is pretty much spot on. Late Victorian houses were built solidly and well, and will still be standing long after many of the current new boxes have been condemned and razed to the ground. Anything being built now should be avoided like the plague.
Mates of mine who are builders have been saying for at least the last decade "don't touch new-builds", and this is exactly why. Weston Homes may be in the right legally, but morally, they should be hanging their heads in shame at a construction which is already defective less than a decade after opening. cynicalsubber is pretty much spot on. Late Victorian houses were built solidly and well, and will still be standing long after many of the current new boxes have been condemned and razed to the ground. Anything being built now should be avoided like the plague. romantic
  • Score: 1

10:38am Thu 17 Jul 14

HARRY438 says...

Thats the neighborhood gone West!

(See what I did there?)
Thats the neighborhood gone West! (See what I did there?) HARRY438
  • Score: -6

12:29pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Legend says...

Cynicalsubber, why are we greedy for investing our money in property? Should we be made to keep our savings under the bed, or maybe give it to bankers to invest? I'm sure you have no end of ways I can match the returns that I get from the properties I rent out, I would be delighted to hear them!
Cynicalsubber, why are we greedy for investing our money in property? Should we be made to keep our savings under the bed, or maybe give it to bankers to invest? I'm sure you have no end of ways I can match the returns that I get from the properties I rent out, I would be delighted to hear them! Legend
  • Score: 1
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