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I've bought a house under the assumption that the paid independent

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I've bought a house under the assumption that the paid independent survey I had done was correct, after moving in we found serious structural faults with the house and our structural engineer has deemed it unsafe.
Do I have a case to get everything put right with the house that the survey hasn't mentioned? Would the surveyors pay for this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.
1. Dear *****, the surveyors are liable to you for professional negligence for failing to spot the structural defects in your house when surveying it before you purchased it. It is a breach of duty owed to a client for a surveyor to fail to properly survey a property and to notice structural defects which should have been discoverable.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.
2. You are entitled to have any structural defects put right which would have been discoverable had the survey been properly done. This may not mean that all defects are recoverable - only those which the survey ought to have spotted. Accordingly, you should now get an expert surveyor to carry out a survey to assess what should have been discovered when the survey. Ultimately, you will have a claim against the surveyors who did the survey and they will have professional indemnity insurance to cover the loss.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.
3. The expert structural survey is necessary so as to ensure you are clear of your ground when asking the surveyors to reimburse you for any loss you have suffered. In this way, you have the negotiating tools available to say, categorically, that such and such defect ought to have been noticed if the survey had been done properly.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.
4. Be aware that the costs of living elsewhere whilst the house is unsafe are also recoverable. However, only reasonable living costs are recoverable, not a suite in the Ritz! However, all associated costs flowing from the defective survey are recoverable.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.
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