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New consumer rights guide for new home buyers

A new consumer guide is the first of its kind to explain the process of buying a newly built home, based on work by King’s legal researchers, members of the insurance industry and the HomeOwners Alliance. The guide is aimed at first buyers of an off-plan home from a developer.

The 28-page guide aims to help homeowners get the most out of their newly built homes through explaining the process from purchase to after-sales, the rights of buyers, how to complain when things go wrong and how to resolve disputes with developers.

It also covers a range of scenarios such as managing repair defects in newly built blocks of flats and the rights of second buyers of a newly built home.

We have produced this guide to help new homebuyers know their rights. Buying a new home is a legal minefield, and it can be difficult for homebuyers to know where to turn – Philip Britton, Centre for Construction Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law.

As part of our service to society, the Law School also offers the  King’s Legal Clinic,  which offers free legal advice to the public. Under the supervision of a qualified lawyer, students working at the clinic interview clients, analyse their problem, research the issues and send them a written letter of advice.

Interested in studying law at King’s? Find out more  here.