"Help to Buy" scheme - storing up trouble?

No, I'm factually correct, because that's one of my of specialisms in work. I'm not talking about fire, I'm talking about security - legislatively, a social build house must meet SBD standard, and if it doesn't, the developer loses a huge whack of funding. Plus Grenfell is donkeys old anyway and would've been exempt.

As such, doors, windows, etc must be SBD gold standard which are expensive bits of kit attack tested to stop sophisticated entry attacks.

Private builds do not. They can have £80 front doors if that's the cheapest they can get, which could be jemmied open with a screwdriver.

SBD is a con job. You get one door tested and as long as you pay them you can flash the certificate around. It's a pension top-up scheme for retired coppers. It offers no more security than standards that are already in existence if specified.
 

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Are you sure you’re not confusing ‘social’ (rental properties owned and let by housing associations) with ‘affordable’ housing, which the developer has to sell cheap(ish)?
No, social housing which is going to be managed by an HA - you'll often find a development of private properties will include a social percentage which is sold to an HA to manage, etc.

SBD is a con job. You get one door tested and as long as you pay them you can flash the certificate around. It's a pension top-up scheme for retired coppers. It offers no more security than standards that are already in existence if specified.
Duh. :D

However, it serves a purpose. As a cop, I know that if I am recommending a company or a product that's SBD, they've been vetted and approved as well as the product having met SBD standards (although it's really no different from the existing standards).

It's part of Building Regulations now as well. In Wales, social housing must meet SBD gold, etc.
 
Almost all housing developers in the last fifteen to twenty years were recording record profits due to HtB artificially boosting the market. It's the only reason some of them are still in business.

You're always far better (I feel) buying an older house (pre 1990) from a reputable name - back when standards were higher in terms of space and ground allocation and it's been around long enough to have been wear tested.

For example, modern Cala houses are a crock of ******* shit. Cala houses around my area from pre-1990 are big, well proportioned and generously gardened as Cala were still cared about their reputation then.

The really interesting point about any new build, is that if you live in a new build social housing, it will have the most advanced components in terms of windows, doors, etc due to the legislative requirement to meet the Secure by Design standard. Yet the private house across the other side of the development that costs £800k for five beds will have the cheapest and most low-tech stuff in it.

Lots of people here rushing to buy new build and I think they're all in for a shock when the values dip. I checked Rightmove for their sold prices in a street and there's a good few from another development where resale prices were far below the original purchase price.
Just hope it doesn't turn out into another crisis...this time in the UK.


Yes, GW Bush jr is in this too...sounding a lot more intelligent than Trump.
 
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