Episode 2

Tuesday, 17 March 2009, 8:00PM on ITV1

Every year many Brits buy a place abroad to escape the UK’s climate and enjoy an idyllic life in the sunshine.

But what happens when something goes wrong? New Homes From Hell examines the pitfalls of investing overseas and meets the people who have seen their dream life abroad turn into a nightmare.

One couple reveal how their apartment on a new development in Eygpt is still a building site three years after they bought it and in Spain a couple show the programme the six-foot fence keeping them out of their own villa.

Plus New Homes From Hell sends a private investigator to track down the developer who took customer’s cash and promised luxury villas in Spain which he never finished building.

Retired couple Alison and Len tell the series they paid £37,000 for an apartment in Sharm El Sheikh in 2005 but three years later the apartment complex is like a building site, the swimming pool is a dry hole in the ground, the shop and restaurant haven’t been built and there are no handrails on the staircases.

In Spain British couple Janet and Ian explain how they ran into difficulties with their villa when they decided to add an extension to it. Their neighbour claimed their home was on his land and dug a trench and built a six-foot fence preventing them from getting to it. The couple are now locked in a legal battle with their neighbour trying to get their home back. New Homes From Hell tracks the neighbour down and confronts him but he says: “It’s their problem.”

New Homes From Hell also meets the couple who bought an apartment in Bulgaria but can’t get into it because the builder has vanished without giving them a key.

The apartment block isn’t finished and the couple explain how they ran into difficulties with the same developer before when they were told the contract they signed for it was a forgery. He promised to build them a new apartment but then went missing without giving them a key to the front door. New Homes From Hell tracks down the builder to see if he will agree to meet the couple and let them in.

Plus, New Homes From Hell gets a private investigator on the case of a developer who left a couple on the verge of bankruptcy when he took their money but never even started to build their villa. The New Homes From Hell investigator tracks the developer back to the UK then follows him to work to confront him.


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