If a surveyor is negligent you may have little alternative but to seek compensation Surveyors advice is crucial to those buying property or undertaking building projects It is reasonable to assume that they will provide advice with the appropriate degree of skill and care expected of them and that you can rely on that advice
Deciding to take action against a professional who has let you down is never an easy choice. When that negligent professional is a surveyor, the consequences of their oversight or negligence could prove very costly.
If a surveyor is negligent, you may have little alternative but to seek compensation. Surveyors' advice is crucial to those buying property or undertaking building projects. It is reasonable to assume that they will provide advice with the appropriate degree of skill and care expected of them and that you can rely on that advice.
A surveyor who fails to meet those standards may be negligent and those making decisions based on his advice may suffer far reaching practical and financial consequences.
If your surveyor is a member or affiliated with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) you may be able to resolve any dispute through mediation without recourse to the law. RICS operates a Dispute Resolution Service which has been in existence for over 30 years. Alternative Dispute Resolution of this kind is often quicker and cheaper than taking a case to court.
You may wish to seek legal advice to establish what claims you have and the value of those claims before going to mediation or trying to resolve the dispute yourself, as calculating the value of a claim is not always straightforward. You may also wish to have legal representation at any mediation to ensure that you maximise any compensation you receive, as a mediation agreement is legally binding.
Ultimately however, you may need to take legal action. It is therefore advisable to speak to a solicitor about your potential claim and what options are available to you as soon as possible.