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5 Buying and Selling Property
7. Buying a newly built home
If you are buying a house that is less than ten years old, it may be covered by a National House Building Council Buildmark scheme, or some other warranty. The warranty will transfer to a new owner, but will only cover defects that appear after the house has been sold. Defects that were (or could have been) spotted before the purchase won't be covered unless the person who owned the property before has already claimed. If your surveyor notices a problem that might be covered by the scheme, the seller (not you) must make a claim under the warranty to get it fixed. Contact the National House Building Council for more information (See 'Further Help' for details).
This leaflet was written by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Shelter.
Leaflet Version: April 2019
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