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I have had several surveyors come to my house as I discovered

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I have had several surveyors come to my house as I discovered the roof leaks after i bought it. All surveyors have said that what they found post initial inspection would not have been obvious at the time. They used cameras to film and photograph the roof ai anll aspect to look for obvious damage and wear and tear but could find nothing.
They have since though offered me a good will gesture and to sign a Form of Discharge saying, "in full and final settlement of all claims against Connells and/or their Insurers in respect of a Home Buyers Report prepared on 13 Downside PO13 0JT and dated 2nd December 2013". Does this mean they were actually at fault or is indeed a "good will gesture"? I have since had a builder in to inspect the same area of my roof and he immediately picked up exactly where the water is coming in from without the use of any cameras. It would appear that the ridge tiles are indeed in need of repair to stop the leaking. Unfortunately, being under a lot of stress at the time I signed the Form of Discharge and have the cheque here at home. But, do I still have a case against them or is that binding and completely final? If not what else could I do as it would have been obvious to the previous owner that they had a roof leak pre sale. Please drop me a line. Many thanks. Shaun Gilsenan
Hello Shaun,

I am afraid you are bound by the Form of Discharge which you signed in full and final settlement and the consideration was the cheque payment which you received.

I would advise you to move on and get the problem area fixed to avoid further water damage to your property.

Sorry if this is not what you are looking for but I have a duty to be honest to you.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you so much for the advice on this matter. I will go forward with your recommendations as it is what I expected. I just needed to be sure. Thank you