One of the big rules of property purchases is to understand exactly what you are getting for your money.
This is the reason your solicitor will carry out searches, and it is why you will instruct a surveyor to report on the property’s condition. It is also the reason you will ask the seller of the property to answer certain questions, the answers to which should draw out any potential problems.
Sellers are not always as open or as honest as they ought to be, and some property information forms paint an inaccurate picture. Where that happens, and you rely to your detriment on false information, you have the right to take action.
Our Dispute Resolution team regularly advise purchasers who wish to bring claims against their vendors. Misrepresentation is rarely clear-cut, but our lawyers are skilled in analysing the detail, and in framing the legal arguments that have the best chances of succeeding. While some cases reach a final hearing in the courts, we are usually able to resolve them before they get that far, either through negotiation or through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation. It is part of our commitment to bringing clients’ problems to an end on the best terms, and as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
If you think you have a property misrepresentation issue, contact us today.