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I totally sympathise with your situation, but legally, I'm afraid there is nothing you can do just yet to push them for a completion date or indeed request any compensation from them.
Under new Build Contracts, all Developers need to stipulate an "Estimated Build date", which I am guessing would have been sometime in July. Under the terms of the Contract, both parties are legally bound to complete as and when the property is ready, with th eadditional proviso that a Buyer can pull out and terminate the Contract if the new Build is not ready six months after the Estimated Build date (ie probably Jan 2015 sometime.
Until this 6 month period has elapsed, the Builder can legally take as little or long time to build th eproperty, safe in the knowledge that there is absolutely nothing the Buyer can do about this.
I would expect more from Taylor WImpey, but I'm afraid your hoands are tied until the 6 month period has expired. If i were you, I would still write to them formally, expressing your frustration, and highlighting the possible financial implications to you of the delay. They may offer you some compensation as a gesture of goodwill, but please don't bank on it.
I am sorry this is not the answer you were looking for, but it sets out the legal position.
thank you for your answer.
I understand there is very little we can do and we will be losing money on this...I wish we knew this before - don't believe we would go for a new build. Not only because of the dates, but not ability what-so-ever to do any proposed small alterations to the finished product (kitchen, flooring etc.).
May I ask you if we actually get this house and we will be changing floors, kitchen tops etc. - do we face VAT on these as we were told by kitchen people that within 6 months on a new build VAT should not apply?
Back to the house itself - we believe Taylor Wimpey is giving their clients unrealistic dates just to sell the properties. Clitheroe - where we live- is a small town and most of the people who are moving to this site - we know, or we know people who know the others...
We are not the only once struggling with the same problem (dates being moved and nothing being on time) and there is a lot of people we know about who had to re-apply for the mortgage.
We did not see any extra effort being put into the houses which were sold to speed up their completion and it has been frustrating to see other houses being build around us which were not sold at all.
So the additional question I believe is - how they can give their clients unrealistic dates knowing they will not be able to finish on time. We now understand why the next door company is selling houses only once the roof is above the house - to stick with the promise dates...