Developer in High Court legal battle with homeowners over alleged structural defects

A couple who claim their £565,000 home is defective have launched a legal battle for compensation from developers George Wimpey West London.

Matthew and Joanne Hobson bought their new home in Hook in 2004 but say the property suffers from extensive structural defects and inaccuracies.

Three ground floor walls differ in length and width, ceilings vary in height, walls are not vertical, and several windows are not level, according to a High Court writ.

They say that during construction of the house, its timber frame blew over and collapsed against the scaffolding after strong winds in January 2004.

They claim that the defects show the fundamentally defective and distorted structure of the house resulting from the collapse.

Rebuilding will cost £355,000 and the house will then be worth less than it should be, they say. Their total claim is £424,196.90.