I am afraid that this is not an instant
service so sometimes you will get a response in minutes and sometimes it will
be hours, or even overnight. We all have clients and court and other users and
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I cant type that fast!
It would be worth, I think,
offering them part of the cost. They are not buying the house anyway. So for
them, any money they get for a copy is worth it. It may also be worth it for
you! I would consider giving them up to 50% of the cost. That might focus their
You cannot rely on the report
given to the other people because it was not prepared to you, but you can use
it in evidence.
So what would you be using it
in evidence for? It has now come to light that the report done in 2006 might
have been negligent.
Either the 2006 report is or
the current one is.
Armed with both reports. You
can then go to the surveyor and ask for his proposals to pay you compensation
either in respect of the defective report from 2006, or in respect of the lost
sale, this time.
If you cannot get the current
report then get another surveyor to provide a report and prime him with regard
to what you are looking for.
It will carry more weight if
the letter came from a solicitor.
Under the Limitation Act 1986.
You only have six years to bring a claim in negligence. But, that six years,
runs from the date of knowledge and I would argue that is now.
There is very little that I
can add until you know what the surveyor is going to say, but at least now you
have an idea of how to start and deal with this.
I am just going to throw one
thing in which is a bit left field. I have known surveyors who have been
working for estate agents find a problem with the property purely because they
were surveying for a lender and the borrower was looking at several properties
which were on sale, with the agent that the surveyor worked for, but the
property that he was surveying was with another agent. Of course, the sale fell
through and the buyer was back in the market looking at his agents properties.
I am not saying that is the case, but I simply mention it because it is my own
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