The Management Board is supported by an Advisory Forum, which is chaired by a Board member. It is an industry-wide body that represents, consults and advises on Code content, its practical application and operation, through which changes and improvements are channelled.
The Advisory Forum has representatives from:
- Chartered Trading Standards Institute
- Citizens Advice
- Construction Employers Federation (NI)
- Home Builders Federation
- Homes for Scotland
- House Builders’ Association
- LABC Warranty
- Law Society
- NAEA Propertymark
- Premier Guarantee
- Retirement Housing Group
- UK Finance
How is the Code monitored/enforced?
The Code aims to make a positive difference to the service Home Builders provide to new Home Buyers.
To encourage Home Builders to adopt the Code and to enable the Consumer Code’s Management Board to check how well it is being applied, or whether it needs to be amended or updated, the following activities may be carried out:
- Audits, which may include audits of site sales offices and of Home Builders’ systems and documents.
- Mystery-shopping surveys.
- Annual returns or reports from Home Builders.
- Reviews and assessments of customer satisfaction feedback and complaints.
- Training for Home Builders.
As well as reporting results back to the industry, Government and consumer interest bodies, the findings will be considered in reviews of the Code to encourage best practice and the changing needs of Home Buyers and the home-building industry are met. Feedback is always welcome and any thoughts or suggestions about the Code should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Customer Satisfaction levels and research undertaken by the Code, please refer to the National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey, the New Homes Review and the Code’s Annual Report.
- National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey
- New Homes Review
- Consumer Code for Home Builders Annual Report
Enforcing the Code
The Home Warranty Bodies have agreed to require all their registered builders to adopt and comply with the Code as a registration condition.
If a Home Builder is found to be in serious breach of the Code, Home Warranty Bodies may apply a range of sanctions which can, dependent on the relevant Home Warranty Body’s rules of registration, include requiring the Home Builder’s staff who have contact with Home Buyers to be trained on their obligations under the Code; withholding the issuing of certificates of insurance; suspension or removal from the Home Warranty Body’s register. These are of course the most serious of sanctions that may be applied (which can affect a Home Builder’s ability to trade) and are not taken lightly.
When problems arise, complaints about breaches of the Code are handled through the Independent Dispute Resolution Scheme. All cases are summarised and published on this website (see our section on How Complaints Are Dealt With), so that the home building industry can learn from experience and continuously improve the service they provide to Home Buyers.