Surveyor negligence

Most house purchases involve a survey of some kind. Even though it may be at the insistence of a lender, we all rely heavily on surveyors to uncover and bring to our attention any problems that there are with a particular property which could devalue it or cause financial implications in the future.

Our experienced team of professional negligence solicitors have represented many consumers who have moved into newly purchased properties, only to find problems such as damp and dry rot. Failing to spot the presence of Japanese Knotweed is another common surveyor mistake, but more detrimental mistakes can include not recognising subsidence and the need for underpinning.

If you believe that you have been misled or let down by a negligent property surveyor in a personal or business capacity, please contact our legal experts to discuss your situation on 0203 816 9314.

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Survey mistakes

Professional surveyors who are negligent could be held accountable and a claim made against them, especially if their actions have devalued the property; but, the compensation may not cover the cost of rectifying the problem. Instead courts may only award damages equivalent to the difference in value between the property in the defective state and the value as if the defect did not exist. This is called the diminution in value.

To establish whether there has been a diminution in value, you will need to obtain an independent expert surveyor’s report to confirm this. You should choose this expert carefully. Our professional negligence team have contacts with surveyors across the UK, who are experienced in dealing with this kind of case.

It is important to note that surveyor negligence cases that go to court, will be given a margin of error which may determine the outcome of the case. Therefore, before you consider issuing proceedings we would recommend that you speak to one of our negligence claims team on 0203 816 9314.

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