Crooks, cowboys and conmen: MP's damning verdict on Persimmon

Tony Gosling tony at
Sat Jul 20 00:54:38 BST 2019

Crooks, cowboys and conmen: MP's damning verdict 
on Persimmon over its appalling building work


PUBLISHED: 21:50, 17 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:29, 18 July 2019

Toxic developer Persimmon was branded 'crooks, 
cowboys and con artists' as yet another scandal 
unfolded over its shoddily built homes.

Persimmon was attacked in Parliament after a 
block of its flats was found to be riddled with 
damp, causing misery for families.

Robert Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow, said he was 
horrified by the conditions endured by some of his constituents.

Persimmon was attacked in Parliament after a 
block of its flats was found to be riddled with 
damp, causing misery for families

During Prime Minister's Questions he said: 'Homes 
built by Persimmon... are shoddily built with 
severe damp and crumbling walls. In the eyes of 
my residents, Persimmon are crooks, cowboys and con artists.'

In response, Prime Minister Theresa May said: 'We 
expect all developers to build their homes to a good quality standard.

These are homes that people will be living in for 
many years and they deserve those standards.'

Leaks, cracks and Stress

Linda Andes, 71, moved into Gilden Park, Harlow, 
last year after losing her husband.

Immediately she noticed problems with the three-bedroom detached house.

There were bootmarks all over her pink carpet, 
which was missing a plastic covering to protect it.

Hot and cold taps were plumbed the wrong way and 
builders had to knock a big hole in a wall to 
correct the error. It took two weeks.

Washers were missing from sink piping, causing 
leaks, all the paint started yellowing and cracks 
appeared in the front door and several walls.

Windows flew open, even when locked, and 
Persimmon took weeks to respond to problems.

Ms Andes, who was prescribed antidepressants to 
treat stress, wants managers to visit her house. 
She said: ‘It’s demoralising –the biggest mistake 
I’ve ever made in my life was to buy this house.’

Last night Persimmon said it had agreed to cover 
mortgage payments, bills and accommodation costs for affected residents.

But critics said it was yet more evidence that 
developers cannot be trusted, and called for a 
new regulator to have sweeping powers to fine firms over poor work.

It is the latest blow for Persimmon as it fights 
to keep its place on the lucrative Help To Buy 
loan scheme which uses taxpayer cash to support 
families trying to get on the property ladder.

Furious ministers threatened to strike the 
company off a list of developers able to sell 
properties through Help To Buy if it cannot clean up its act.

The Daily Mail has previously highlighted a 
litany of defects found by buyers of Persimmon 
homes, including leaks, exposed nails, doors that 
do not close and toilets that flushed boiling water.

Roger Devlin, Persimmon's chairman, has vowed to 
repair the FTSE 100 firm's battered reputation 
after scandals which also saw it blasted for 
corporate excess due to an £85million bonus paid to former boss Jeff Fairburn.

A new homes ombudsman is being introduced to tackle problems in the industry.

Labour MP Clive Betts, chairman of the Commons 
housing select committee, said: 'The regime needs 
to be very tough and regulators need to be able 
to fine developers and force them to pay compensation.

The Government needs to be prepared to ban these 
companies from Help To Buy. Why should taxpayers 
fund shoddy workmanship?' It comes just days 
after a TV documentary revealed Persimmon homes had up to 295 defects.

The company was accused of censoring critics this 
month when it shut down complaints about its homes on a Facebook page.

Persimmon has faced persistent criticism. In an 
industry-wide ratings survey, it has failed to 
win more than three out of five stars since 2015.

Persimmon said: 'We have apologised to customers 
in Harlow, where manufacturing defects with a 
batch of blocks have created problems with damp.

The block manufacturer has agreed that this is 
the likely root cause of the issue and have offered their sincere apologies.

'Persimmon has agreed to pay the mortgage 
payments, bills, and the temporary accommodation 
costs for affected residents while the problem is addressed.'

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