Surveyors - Professional Negligence

Businesses and individuals across the UK rely on surveyors to inspect and value properties they are buying, giving them peace of mind that they are paying the right price. Surveyors also play an important role in ensuring that there are no defects or issues that may affect their clients' decision to buy a property.

Professional Negligence claims for surveying

But what happens when a surveyor makes an error in their valuation that leaves you with a property that is not worth what you paid, or misses a defect that leaves you with potential structural problems?

Not only can the error cause you a financial loss, but it can also impact on the enjoyment of your home. You shouldn't have to bear the emotional or financial burden of your surveyor's mistakes – if they've acted negligently, we can help you make a claim for the compensation that you're owed.

How Can I Find Out Whether I Have A Valid Claim?

There are different types of reports that surveyors can provide you with, and these reports determine the surveyor’s responsibilities.

Sometimes it can be difficult to identify whether the report you received was in fact negligent. By speaking to one of our specialist solicitors, they can clarify your situation and let you know whether you have grounds for making a claim.

Some examples of cases where professional negligence has occurred include:

  • Failing to notice subsidence or structural issues
  • Failing to notice damp, wood rot, or asbestos
  • Under- or over-valuing a property

How Can I Make A Claim Against A Surveyor?

The process of making a claim usually involves the following:

  1. You'll first need to speak to one of our Professional Negligence solicitors about your case. It's a good idea to give them as much detail as possible, along with a copy of the survey report so that they can analyse its terms

  2. Your solicitor will then gather other evidence relating to your case. This might include seeking the opinion of an impartial surveyor, as their perspective will illustrate whether the report was sub-standard

  3. Then, your solicitor will make an assessment as to whether your claim is valid and outline the grounds you have for making a professional negligence claim

Is There A Time Limit For Making Negligence Claims Against A Surveyor?

You have 6 years from the date on which the negligence took place, or 3 years from the date on which the negligence was discovered, to make a claim. However, there are cases when there's a delay between the negligence and its damaging effect – in such instances, it's possible to extend the amount of time you have for making a claim.

Why Choose Simpson Millar?

Buying a property is one of the most important things you will do, which is why you trust in your surveyor's ability to ensure that the building is worth what you paid and free from any defects.

If you discover any problems with the property or need to have extra work done to rectify any defects, it can be stressful, costly, and time-consuming. You shouldn't have to suffer because of your surveyor’s negligence.

Our Professional Negligence solicitors have years of specialist expertise and experience in dealing with claims against surveyors. They'll be able to identify whether you can make a claim for compensation, and fight for you to receive the compensation that you're entitled to.


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Robert Godfrey | Partner, Dispute Resolution | Simpson Millar LLP

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