Homes 'unfinished', complain residents

ANGRY residents have slammed a housing developer for allowing them to move into unfinished homes.The annoyed neighbours claim the development has been a rush job and they have experienced "nightmare" moves.

ANGRY residents have slammed a housing developer for allowing them to move into unfinished homes.

The annoyed neighbours claim the development has been a rush job and they have experienced "nightmare" moves.

Now, the residents of Cormorant Drive, in The Oaks on Cedars Park, Stowmarket, say they have had enough.

Complaints mainly centre around finishing problems such as poor paint work, loose and ill-fitting furnishings and scratched surfaces.


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But more serious criticisms include wobbly patio doors, dangerous kitchens and windows that do not open.

Aaron Elvin, who lives with his pregnant partner, said: "This is a very stressful time for us and we are having an absolute nightmare.

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"The houses are blatantly unfinished but now they have our money it's as if we don't matter anymore.

"I've had row after row with them but the house still needs so much work done on it. It's a joke."

A spokesman for developers Crest Nicholson said: "Crest Nicholson is aware of some of the issues in relation to The Oaks.

"The relevant plans have been put in place and we are confident that any issues will be dealt with in an efficient and timely fashion."

Another resident, who did not want to be named, told the Evening Star he has been living with the problems for a month.

He said: "There are endless problems, literally in every room of the house.

"When we move in we expected to have a few snags but I've written everything down and it fills five sides of paper – that's ridiculous.

"Workman have been round to repair a few bits and we have been promised another visit in two weeks but I won't hold my breath."

The father of two submitted a list of the problems to Crest Nicholson 15 days ago.

"My biggest concerns are a six inch crack in the bathroom sink, my

patio doors are held in with a third of the recommended number of screws and up until yesterday my oven wasn't fixed in the wall," he added.

A third resident, said: "When we first moved in you couldn't even open the upstairs windows properly.

"They opened about three inches and then hit on the roof fascias and got stuck – that took three weeks to get sorted.

"I've also had water leaking into my living room from the bath, my cooker buckled the first time I used it and there's a constant worry that something else will go wrong. We shouldn't have to live like this."

Crest Nicholson added: "We take customer service very seriously and have been well recognised as an industry leader in such matters."

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