New-build delay: what should you do?

There’s nothing more annoying than a New-build delay of your new home – especially if you have already ended your old tenancy agreement. What do you do if your new home is not yet ready to move into?

Construction works are delayed time and again. This might be due to poor weather conditions during construction, building owners having new plans and ideas every week, or developers not starting on time or causing hold-ups later on. Whatever the reason: delays in construction are especially irritating if you have already ended your old tenancy agreement, but can’t yet move into your new home.

If moving in is possible ...

In some cases, you may be able to move into your new place and live ‘on site’, so to speak, for a few days. This is a viable option if the building is likely to be completed within a few working days. If you choose to do this, you will be entitled to a reduction in your rent due to the disruption to your living situation. If your landlord does not offer this reduction, you will have to assert a claim against them. Make sure you do this on the day you move in (in writing, via registered letter) and remember to document the precise ways in which your living situation has been disrupted (be sure to include photos).