Kate is demanding a debate in parliament on behalf of local homebuyers who’ve suffered shoddy and unsafe building work in their new homes.
Families who’ve moved in to their new homes in Woodsend, Urmston, built by the housebuilders Persimmon Homes, have contacted Kate distraught at the state of their properties.
Kate has heard stories from local people about their homes having unsafe staircases and dangerous electrics, even though they were signed off as completed by a Persimmon project manager.
When Kate tried to get in touch with Persimmon to arrange a meeting about residents’ concerns, they simply told her that it was not their policy to “deal with MPs”.
Kate has since raised residents’ concerns in parliament and found that MPs from across the country have also been told about shoddy building work from Persimmon and other housebuilders by people in their local areas.
Kate is therefore demanding a debate to call on the government to introduce tougher regulation for housebuilding companies.
Kate said, “Buying a house is the biggest, most important purchase that most of us will ever make. That’s why it’s so disappointing to see that local families who’ve worked hard and saved up to buy their dream home have been treated so poorly by Persimmon.
“It simply isn’t good enough for a company to treat residents in this way. People should be able to feel safe in their new homes, not be worried about unsafe staircases and dangerous electrics.
“That’s why I’ve tabled a motion calling for the government to be tougher in regulating the building companies, and why I’ll be asking for a debate in parliament later in the year.
“If housebuilders won’t get their own house in order, it’s time the government acts to make sure that they do.”
Local resident Lisa, who bought a new build home from Persimmon said: “Persimmon Homes have left me devastated at the shoddy workmanship and incredibly poor quality of my new home. If I could get a refund I would without hesitation.
“The ensuite had to be ripped out and refitted and the toilet was flushing boiling water. Gardens were flooding when it rained and my neighbour had to have her kitchen ripped out for the upgraded one she had paid extra for, which had not been fitted. All of this, and so much more, was after we had moved in.
“I will never buy a new build again, it has been a most traumatic 18 months and still repairs to the properties are on-going. Never again. This ordeal has cost me my health thanks to Persimmon Homes and the greed that drives them.”