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Professional Negligence Claims Against Surveyors

Claim compensation for surveyor mistakes which have cost you money

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Buying a house is stressful at the best of times. Similarly, buying commercial property can have an enormous impact on the fortunes of your business. So if you’ve instructed a surveyor to assess the property you’re buying, it’s vital that they carry out their professional duties correctly – no matter what kind of property it is.

If you have relied on a surveyor, and they have made mistakes in carrying out their obligations, you could be entitled to compensation where their errors have caused you financial loss.

Truth Legal can help you to right the wrongs you have encountered. We have specialist expertise in professional negligence claims and experience in bringing claims against surveyors. And our first-class legal service has earned us excellent client reviews on Trustpilot and reviewsolicitors.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your circumstances.

Examples of surveyor professional negligence

There are many kinds of mistake by a surveyor which could result in you losing money. But some of the most common examples include:

  • Missing a defect which would affect the value of the property (such as subsidence, dry rot, or issues with the building’s construction)
  • Identifying a defect but failing to attach appropriate significance to it
  • Ignoring findings which suggest further investigation or action is required to properly survey the property
  • Over-valuing the property so that you end up paying significantly more for it than current market value

If you would like some more detail on the ways in which a surveyor could be professionally negligent, read our blog about it here.

Surveyor professional negligence FAQ

Do I have a professional negligence claim against my surveyor?2023-07-14T09:44:45+01:00

Surveyors are legally required to carry out their duties in a way that meets the standard of a ‘reasonably competent surveyor’ – that is, someone who has the professional qualifications of a surveyor, acting with a reasonable degree of care and skill.

If your surveyor’s conduct has fallen below this standard, they will have breached their duty of care towards you. But to have grounds for a professional negligence claim against the surveyor, you must show that:

  • you suffered a loss; and
  • this loss was caused by the surveyor’s breach of duty

For example, if your surveyor rushes through a Homebuyer’s Report and carelessly overlooks a significant issue, this could easily cause financial loss. You might end up paying more for the house than it’s worth, or you might have to pay to repair the defect – something which the sellers would have done (or which would have been accounted for in the purchase price) had it been reported by the surveyor.

Surveyors instructed by a mortgage lender

You don’t necessarily have to have instructed the surveyor yourself to have a claim against them. Even if a surveyor is carrying out a valuation of the property on the instructions of your mortgage lender, the surveyor will still owe you a duty of care when performing the valuation. This is because any mistakes or carelessness on their part have the potential to affect you and cause you losses.

In reality, this is rare however. Buyers will usually instruct their own surveyor to assess the property before a purchase.

How much time do I have to make a claim for surveyor professional negligence?2023-07-14T10:11:54+01:00

With professional negligence claims, you must begin your claim within 6 years of the date on which the negligence occurred. Otherwise, you may be prevented from making the claim at all.

However, if you were unaware of the professional negligence at the time, the time limit will run from the date when you found out about it.

Also, there are other rules which can change the time limit that applies in your case. So, if you are thinking of bringing a professional negligence claim, or are worried that you may have left matters too long, it is best to contact us as soon as possible so that we can advise you fully.

How can I fund my surveyor professional negligence claim?2023-07-14T10:12:46+01:00

At Truth Legal, we understand that the last thing you want is to incur more costs after losing out to a surveyor’s negligence.

That’s why we offer funding through a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement, wherever possible. This agreement means that, in the vast majority of situations, you will not have to pay our fees if we are unsuccessful in recovering compensation for you.

Funding arrangements will always be explained to you fully before you start your professional negligence claim. And we are more than willing to answer any questions you may have.

A success story

Professional Negligence Claim Against a Surveyor Leads to over £33,000 in Compensation

£33,000 Compensation

Why should I claim with Truth Legal?

Professional negligence claims against surveyors can be complicated, particularly when it comes to establishing that a surveyor’s conduct has fallen below the required standards.

Truth Legal’s specialist professional negligence solicitors can help you to overcome these challenges. We will handle your claim with skill, care, and tenacity, so that you have the best possible chances of holding your surveyor accountable and recovering compensation.

We offer:

  • A free initial consultation – to discuss your circumstances.
  • Specialist technical knowledge and experience – so you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.
  • Practical advice – tailored to your situation.
  • Strong representation – fighting for the compensation and outcome you deserve.
  • Support and compassion – friendly, knowledgeable professionals on your side through a difficult time.
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