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A homeowner claims he was sold a 'four bedroom house' that actually turned out to be three.
The bloke, who did not want to reveal his name, said he bought a new build home in Birmingham from Persimmon on 31 October 2019 that was listed in the property brochure as 'four bedroom',
The 30-year-old told the Mirror he became suspicious about the property after finding one of the 'bedrooms' measured just just 3.12 x 2.04 metres.
The new homeowner decided to get in touch with the Valuation Office Agency and discovered the house was registered as a three-bedroom home, not a four-bed.
He says the smaller room was listed as 'an office'.
The man claims the property developer listed the house as a four-bed to try and sell it for a larger amount.
He reckons the lack of a fourth bedroom could end up costing him up to £20,000 ($27,000).
He and his family still live in the property - which is worth £275,000 ($380,000) - but says he won't be able to get back what he paid for it as he will have to sell it as a three-bedroom.
The man is calling on Persimmon to either update the planning permission or give him £15,000 to £20,000 in compensation.
He told the Mirror: "Even now it's still stressful.
"I've had to fight tooth and nail for the last year and a half.
"I've probably spent two to three full weeks of my own time on this."
A spokesperson for Persimmon Homes told the Mirror: "[The man] bought a stock plot and was made fully aware of the layout and dimensions of the property.
"In addition, he visited and viewed the completed house before purchasing."
When the news outlet put the planning permission issue to the property developer, it did not deny it.
The man also claims there were '120 faults' with the new build, including wonky windows and a pipe not capped properly that left two floors flooded with raw sewage.
He says almost all of the faults have since been fixed but says his garden has sunk by around 50cm since 2019.
He told the Mirror he now plans to sue Persimmon over the 'extra bedroom'.
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