Paddle Homes

Discussion in 'Other developers' started by bribble, May 20, 2013.

  1. bribble

    bribble New Member

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    Paddle Homes of Blackburn have sites around the country and are one of the worst cowboy builders I have heard of-beware! Derek Barnes is the main man and the registered office is at 45,Preston New Road,Blackburn.
    The man has many offences under the H & Safety at work act and his properties sometimes do not meet building regs.
    He has just started a new company -Cardonald Ltd.(named after one of his sites in Scotland)
     
  2. NewHomeExpert

    NewHomeExpert Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the warning Bribble.
    No doubt Paddle Homes are not on the NHBC register - just checked and they are not!
    Always be suspicious if the warranty is not from the NHBC.

    There are lots of builders who have companies with other with different names!
    For example:
    David Wilson Homes aka Barratt Homes
    Charles Church aka Persimmon Homes
     
  3. David robertson

    David robertson New Member

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    I agree I worked for him for 5 weeks and he is by far the worst builder I have ever had the misfortune to work for
     
  4. NewHomeExpert

    NewHomeExpert Well-Known Member

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    Confirmation!
    or an employee with an axe to grind?
     
  5. tonyw

    tonyw New Member

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    Please see my comments about this company and this man on the snagging forum! I did work for him for a VERY short period of time, my whole work ethic and principle would NEVER allow me to do what this man wanted!!

    By the way, he could not spell NHBC!! he really is shocking!

    And no I am not an ex employee with an axe to grind, I am a man who does not want any person investing their money into the biggest mistake of their lives!!!

    PLEASE DO GOOGLE ....... DEREK BARNES PADDLE HOMES!! it will tell you ALL you need to know, oh and try his name then Bankrupt after it, that will tell you everything as well!!
     
  6. NewHomeExpert

    NewHomeExpert Well-Known Member

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    I am sure anyone who reads your posts, will be adequately warned about buying a new home from Paddle Homes.
     
  7. ecossebloke

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    I also worked for Paddle Homes and snagged just 6 houses - a snagging list of 32 pages and no interest in rectifying these. One couple still had snagging issues after 18 months of living in a house they bought. He doesn't pay contractors if he thinks he is not going to use them again and he thinks he can get away with it. I am seeking to bring contractors in Fife (and elsewhere) who have outstanding money owed to see if we can put a Class Action type thing together to recover money owed to at least 20 contractors that I know. Please pass the word on.

    The reality is that Derek Hugh Barnes and Paddle Homes should never be allowed planning consent to build anything - god help those who buy one of their houses!
     
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  8. whodis

    whodis New Member

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    Firstly , Health and Safety we all know is a must and we all are responsible for it to be carried out , now hands up all fellow site tradesmen who ignore it lets see you cast the first stone as for the above member being a disgruntled salesman its funny reading his comments on the web and to the press quoting H/S , jeezo how it worries him when he tucked up in showhouse all day;

    Snagging!! yer he may be a lousy contractor/builder/ex bankrupt/ but before pointing fingers at the top have a look further down the ladder and you will find the so called "trades" who carried out the work
    Oh and just to let you know i dont hide i am now working on the Kennoway site and the previous standard of workmanship on the joinery side is shocking to say the least so joiners take a bow the next time you look in the mirror then walk away and hang your heads in shame
     
  9. NewHomeExpert

    NewHomeExpert Well-Known Member

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    It is not surprising that trades who do not get paid/paid in full, do a less than perfect job.
    It is human nature at the end of the day.
    Most of the larger housebuilders are also in the same boat too.

    Whilst it is easy to blame the "tradesmen" who are actually building the homes, it is up to the Site Manager to INSPECT the work properly and the senior managers and the directors of house builders to not accept poor quality work, withholding payments until work is up to the required standard.
    It would also help if they didnt employ the poor quality trades in the first place and certainly not more than once!
     
  10. whodis

    whodis New Member

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    doesnt the work get done first before the paid bit

    Not many house builders have a C.V status with new employees even less with sub contractors

    well one of the so called 20 getting together was a supposedly site agent and from what i have heard from trades men (not company) he was anything but

    so what did building control do about it ?

    i've seen many firms on so called NHBC list with very dubious practices

    and they do "get away with it" i even took one to civil court cost me £270 to just get a lawyer to start the proceedings
    i only wanted what was due to me =£450 and the judgement was i should have employed a Q.S. to confirm the quantity of works carried out ; think it sounds right? i was on a hourly rate so yes they do get away with it , made me think again about "doing the right thing " as i was advised by lawyers and police
     
  11. NewHomeExpert

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    You should have used the Small Claims Track for your legal proceedings see taking a builder to court..
    Much cheaper. You didn't need lawyers milking you for over half your claim in fees you wouldn't get back even if you won.
    No legal costs, just a small court fee and hearing fee.
    The local CAB should have advised you and you can get an hours legal advice for free at some solicitors.
     
  12. whodis

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    Wasnt available back then and claims had to be instigated by a lawyer even though no lawyer used throughout the case
     
  13. NewHomeExpert

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    I am getting a bit bored with this now so this is my last reply on thsi thread!

    As far and as long as I can remember, the Small Claims Court has been available as a legal remedy for anyone who is owed money which the debtor refuses to pay.
    I agree the "Small Claims Track" as it is currently known, may be a relatively recent name.
     
  14. whodis

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    obviously! but there was a time in Scotland when any claim had to be first intitiated by legal representative
    amazing how some get bored when brought into question eh!
     
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    They are also trading as Mullberry Homes now and I have unfortunately been renting one of their homes in Wales. A new build.........supposedly! We have been here 6 months and have mushrooms growing from under the shower tray. No underlay under any carpet. The concrete under the carpets has massive divots in and you fall in numerous holes around the house!!! The oven trips all the electric if switched on for more than 5 minutes!! Moved in and within 2 weeks the water was running from the shower down the wall behind the combi boiler in the downstairs kitchen and tripping everything. Apparently this was my girlfriends fault as she washes her hair in the shower and it had filled the trap! Within 2 weeks! She'll be bald within a year by that rate.

    Be careful of these people if you are renting. No gas safety certificate provided and constantly chasing them for one. Thought they had hung up on me and were really calling me over! Did not protect my deposit/bond. Constant chasing regarding this also. Finally put it in a scheme 365 days late!

    Abusive calls and e-mails. The list goes on and on.

    Please, please do not rent from these. I cannot give them a worse review if I tried. Absolute amateurs.
     
  16. NewHomeExpert

    NewHomeExpert Well-Known Member

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    It is illegal to let out residential property without a Gas safety Certificate.
    Your landlord is breaking to law.
    If Mullberry wont give him one he should get a GasSafe engineer top do it at his cost.
    If Mulberry is the landlord, report them straightway.
    Complain to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) via the HSE website.
    Failure to follow gas safety requirements is a criminal offence and the HSE can issue a formal caution and may prosecute your landlord.
    If I was renting a home as bad as yours appears to be, I would stop paying the rent!
     
  17. tonyw

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    Mullberry Homes are without doubt the old Paddle Homes, the registration address is the same! have a look at this link (below) and click on the links within it, he is doing exactly the same as he has always done!!

    This man is without doubt the real BUILDER FROM HELL!!

    HSE Enforcement Notices Area : Recipient Details
     

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