Couples forced to wait six months to move into new homes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 August 2012 | UPDATED: 13:51 23 August 2012

The couples have not been able to move into the homes for the past six months

The couples have not been able to move into the homes for the past six months

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PEOPLE have been forced to sleep on their friends’ sofas and extend their mortgages after being forced to wait for six months to move into their new homes

In February 10 couples arranged with the Sovereign Housing Group to move into their new affordable homes at the former RAF Locking site.

But six months on, they are still waiting to move in after ‘legal and construction issues’ – understood to be problems with service charges – meant their new homes were not ready.

Alongside the Homes and Communities Agency, Sovereign Homes has set up a scheme for people to move into affordable housing at the Locking Parklands site.

But, having bought into the scheme, the couples are still unable to move to the site.

Peter Neath, who signed up with his wife in February, said: “Myself and my wife have waited far too long for this property and can’t afford to buy a house out on the open market so this was a good way to get us onto the property ladder.

“We have had to pay extra fees for our mortgage to be extended and other things which we wouldn’t have had to pay for if we had moved straight in.”

He added that one couple had been forced sleep on a friend’s couch after being told to give notice on their rented property several months ago.

He continued: “We all can’t stress enough how we need to be in our new houses and this is causing a lot of stress.”

Neil Simpson, sales and marketing director for site developer St Modwen, acknowledged there had been ‘legal and construction issues’ and apologised to the tenants for the inconvenience caused.

He added: “All efforts are being made to deliver these homes as quickly as possible and we are working with our partners to rectify the problems.”

A spokesman for Sovereign Homes said: “We are extremely sorry that our customers waiting to move into their new homes have experienced delays.

“Unfortunately this has been due to unforeseen legal and construction issues, meaning we have not been in a position to purchase these units.

“These issues have been completely beyond our control. We have kept all our customers fully informed about the situation and we will continue to support them throughout this difficult period.”


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