the cost of remedy will be carpets, kitchen and bathroom as ALL were infested and had to be removed. Hard to quantify this at the moment but i guess circa £8k. My mother has been staying with friends as she cannot acces the property so no cost at the moment but depending what the pest control guy finds later this week she may be able to move in early next week.
further info which may be helpful - the vendor was at the property last weekend (seen by neighbours) clearing things out and inthe words of the pest control man, it's "simply not possible" she didn't know about it. She stayed in the property, prior to exchange I believe, and MUST have known about the issue.
is the reply in the questionnaire that she must rely on her own inspection enough to avoid any responsibility?
erm, tick no? I don't understand? (this is my mothers transaction but she's too distressed to deal with this...)
she had a survey done, the middle of the three types
i think it was a general comment
her conveyancing solicitor asked them about dry rot, etc etc any kind of infestation and the response was "should rely on their own inspection"
i don't know if she made a specific requirement of her surveyor, is this something you would normally expect them to discover?
when she viewed the property there were still items in the house, but then when she got the keys she discovered there were rat, mouse and cockroach traps in multiple places in the house
so even though the seller was not living there she cannot avoid responsibility completely by claiming (whether true or not) that she didn't know about it
is there precedent in this area? this has been extremely distressing for her and i don't want her to go down the litigation route (and i am not expecting you to give advice on outcome here) if her chances are low
i don't want my Mum to be a test case! :-)
is it of any relevance when she must have know for sure, ie after exchange?
she being the vendor in my wuestion
exactly. so if she only discovered after exchange (possible, but not likely) then potentially she could argue that there was no point in disclosing - both parties were committed
is that of any relevance to my mothers claim?
is it expensive to pursue via small claims?
will she require the services of a solicitor to improve her chances and avoid losing on a technicality?
in your experience (i realise you have a bias!) will it be money well spent
i dont want her to lose the case because she has failed to observe some technical matter
final Q i think - will a trascript of this chat be saved/sent as an email? i have never used this service before?
i'd like to refer to the links you have shared, i've noted them but you never know....
will do that
yep, seen it
thanks, ***** ***** been very helpful