Check quality of materials before buying

I read with interest the article in a recent edition regarding the sale of houses on the new Barratt development in Cayton. There was an optimistic tone and the gleeful proclamation of the number of people who have shown an interest in buying these yet unfinished properties. As an owner of a Barratt house purchased new in 1989 I would just like to say caveat emptor (buyer beware). Please do not be lulled into a false sense of security; a NHBC certificate is not worth the paper it is written on.

Now 24 years later, which may I add is less time than the length of an ordinary mortgage, the bricks on the rear of my house are crumbling away. There is a very public example of this as the wall at the bottom of Jackson Close, which is built of the same bricks as my house is in such a poor state now. I have been in correspondence with Barratt since January. This is not good enough.

There are several hundred Barratt houses already in Cayton. I would like to ask if anybody else that is suffering the same or any other problems relating to the construction of these houses to contact me on (01723) 585085.

Buying a house is the biggest purchase most ordinary people make and when you see the very fabric of the house deteriorating before your very eyes it is very, very distressing.

Mrs E Woodward

Jackson Close