Most of the work of surveyors involves the preparation of building surveys and valuation reports for both potential purchasers and their banks/building societies.
You can only sue a surveyor for negligence if they have failed to act with the degree of care and skill to be expected of a reasonably competent surveyor. Since valuation is not an exact science not every error will be regarded as negligent.
Examples of professional negligence by surveyors include:
- failing to carry out a proper inspection
- failing to discover visible defects in the property for example dry rot, woodworm, cracking and subsidence
- failing to make sufficient enquiries
- producing an inadequate report, for example failing to warn that some items require further investigation
We understand that if as a result of a negligent survey you have gone ahead and bought a property the consequences can be particularly distressing if not disastrous. This is not only because of the amount of money involved but also because you may end up having to put up with weeks or even months of building works to put right what is wrong.
To speak to a specialist professional negligence lawyer who can help you with your professional negligence claim against a surveyor or any other professional negligence claim contact us today by calling, emailing or requesting a call back from one of our specialist lawyers.