Beware of shoddy new builds

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A push to build more has had some nasty side effects

Bovis Homes, one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, revealed this week that it has set aside £7m to repair poorly built new houses that have been sold to customers. The firm is just one of several major UK housebuilders that have come under attack for selling sub-standard properties unfit for habitation, raising concerns about the declining quality of construction in the sector.

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