Tuesday 6 December 2016

Phil Hogan: The days of dodgy builders and shoddy homes a thing of the past

Published 30/04/2013 | 05:00

New regulations will give real protection, traceability and accountability
New regulations will give real protection, traceability and accountability

I INHERITED an appalling mess of shoddily built homes, pyrite problems and dangerous breaches of fire regulations. The interests of speculators and developers were allowed to take precedence over the interests of families and individuals who purchased homes in good faith during the building boom years.

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For most the purchase of a new home is the most significant investment they will make during their lifetime.

While regulations were in place, the problem is they were widely ignored. I am acutely aware of the difficult and distressing situation faced by many homeowners who, through no fault of their own, are now living with the consequences of the poor practices that prevailed.

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