Daley Mayle wrote:
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This is my sister in this story and the details provided by the DM are incorrect. They had a full home buyers survey costing £500 - in this report the surveyor stated the floor was made of wood (clearly it wasn't) and that it was structurally sound. On this basis they bought the house! They work really hard and saved up for this property, after the floor collapsed they argued that the surveying company should pay for a second, specialist opinion! This then AND ONLY THEN highlighted the problem with the floor! After it had already collapsed! They are not stupid - had the survey highlighted a problem naturally they would have proceeded with caution and most likely would not have purchased the house. Unfair how big companies take our money but are not then willing to stick to their responsibilities to provide a reasonable duty of care! Remember they very neatly died in that incident! The fire service pulled them out of an 8 foot hole and were surprised no one was killed!
- Jo kennedy, Northampton, 28/3/2012 22:10
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From my very limited experience, surveyors for houses are notorious for passing the buck and adding stuff in their reports like, "didn't have access" etc "recommend a full damp/structural/ electrical etc investigation /report from a specialist". They won't do the remotest invasive action like lifting carpets let alone floorboards. Specially if its still occupied.
When we had a survey done on an elderly relative's prospective vacant home, the report said there was double glazing when there clearly wasn't. When my brother phoned them about this he inexplicitly got a torrent of abuse. They were subsequently reported to the surveyor's watchdog but little was done.