A new article in The Guardian asks "Why are Britain’s new homes built so badly?"
A sample quote:
“More than half of buyers of new-build homes in England have had major problems with construction, unfinished fittings and faults with utilities, according to housing charity Shelter. The government branded the housing market “broken” in its housing white paper last month.”
The situation in the U.S. probably is not much better. In fact, you might say our situation is worse, because nobody in the government produces such white papers, and no media outlet in the U.S. gives this basic level of scrutiny to the homebuilding industry.