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Strength in numbers

With great power comes great responsibility (according to Stan Lee at least).

Too bad you can’t always count on those with power to be responsible. The temptation is too much for some, the financial rewards too great. And so they exploit those over whom they wield it, with scant regard and often dire consequences for the victims.

Abuse of power can take many forms, from crude and obvious to highly sophisticated, unseen and insidious, but it all amounts to the same thing in the end. They take what is not theirs, at your expense.

Abuse of power doesn’t stop with taking what is not earned or due. The real trick is in getting away with it.

A favourite corporate method of getting away with it is to commit lots of small abuses on lots of people. A little here, a little there, and boy does it soon add up. The key is to take just enough to ensure there is not enough at stake for the victim to be able or bothered to do anything meaningful about it.

Another favourite method of getting away with it is to design the means by which those you have wronged are required to seek redress against you. If you can do that, you can prevent the victim from getting back some or all of what you took from them, whilst duping them into believing this was all they were entitled to because it was what the system deigned to give them.

Designing redress schemes is generally only possible when you are Very big and Very powerful. And there can’t be many of those, can there? Look around. You won’t have to try hard to find examples. In fact, these limited redress schemes are practically everywhere. Ombudsman schemes. Warranty schemes. Consumer Codes. Voluntary self-regulation. Even statutory regulators' powers are limited by design to ensure they do not have the power to disrupt, their true role being merely to create the pretence of effective oversight for the masses whilst preserving the power structures responsible for the systemic abuses.

The legal system, the supposed last bastion of justice and fair play, is under siege too. Massively increased court fees that prevent not just what we tend to think of as "vulnerable people" from being able to afford to access the courts, but almost anyone who is not wealthy by normal standards. Savage politically-motivated cuts to court service budgets in the name of ‘austerity’ that result in interminable delays and allow misconduct by powerful serial defendants to go unsanctioned, and which deprive court users of timely closure on issues that continue to blight their lives whilst they remain unresolved. These moves are not accidental, they are creeping and subtle ways in which corporations and complicit governments conspire to keep victims of abuse from recovering what has been taken from them by systemic wrongdoers. A little here, a little there will become a lot here, and a lot there, and so it is in the housebuilding industry. 

But oppression breeds resistance, and resistance comes in many forms. One such form is group actions. If you are being bullied, exploited, oppressed, stitched up, diddled, conned, misled, chances are there are lots of others just like you, unable individually to overcome the limitations of the limited redress schemes you are forced to use to complain about your mistreatment. But together, now you have some power. Two can share the burden. Ten can turn the screw. A hundred can achieve a close approximation of real justice. Ten thousand could shift the status quo in favour of the majority.

It’s a good time for owners of new build homes to be joining forces. Strength in numbers gives all of you options that you none of you have on your own. These are the principles that underpin what New Build Guru does and how we do it. We provide you with a platform through which you can combine efforts with others in your situation, work cooperatively for mutual advantage, and overcome the built-in limitations that would otherwise prevent you from obtaining redress. 

We have the means and the know-how.  It's up to you to take part.