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Shoebury homeowners band together to fight for compensation
6:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
HOMEOWNERS plan to fight a housebuilder in the courts because they claim their complaints have not been listened to.
It is believed about 10 per cent of the 149 homes on the Parklands estate, in Shoebury, have faults after being built by Bovis Homes just three years ago.
Residents have had to leave their £200,000 homes and live in hotels while the faults are fixed.
However, some want to take legal action against the housebuilder and are setting up an action group to help their cause.
Neil Roberts, 29, of Artillery Avenue, was the first to be moved to the Roslin Hotel, in Thorpe Bay, while repair work was carried out on his house.
He said: “We’ve had such a massive fight with Bovis to get anything done.
“With all the problems we’ve had, Bovis is just not doing anything about it.
“I don’t think the house is going to be the same again because of the work that has been done.
“You don’t expect after two years to have your house completely gutted and ruined. My living room is like a bomb site.”
Neil joined other residents in the street on Friday to decide on what action to take against Bovis Homes.
Shoebury Independent councillor Anne Chalk was also there to lend her support to the residents.
Natalie Merenda, 36, of Military Close, said: “We had a meeting that went really well and we’ve got Anne’s full support.
The next thing we’re going to do is meet to see how we’ll take this forward, by getting a solicitor.”
Residents have reported cracked ceilings, moving floorboards, drainage problems and toilets overflowing.
The homes are made up of 97 flats and 52 houses.
End-terrace houses in the estate are priced at £210,000, while mid-terrace houses are £200,000.
A spokesman for Bovis Homes said: “We are dealing with a number of customers at the Shoebury development.
“Our customer care department is in touch with these customers on an individual basis.
“We take all complaints and our warranty obligations very seriously and aim to resolve any issues as swiftly and reasonably as possible.”
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