On the one hand there is not much you can do because once appointed a surveyor can only be unappointed if he deems himself incapable of acting but, if like one of our callers this week you were visited by your neighbours surveyor who persuaded you to sign him [ or her ] up as an Agreed Surveyor at extortionate fees then the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s home or place of work etc Regulations (2008) will protect you if you cancel within seven days, details here. In the case in question a building owner was called in to see his neighbour surveyor who advised the he had no choice but to sign up with him if he wished to avoid a dispute and ling running argument, it was bluntly bullying of the highest order, unprofessional and give us all a bad name.
The quoted fee for acting as Agreed surveyor on a straightforward residential extension was nearly £2,000.00 plus VAT – completely unreasonable and excessive, in fact the surveyor already had the paperwork done for the clients to sign. It was a brazen act of ripping off.
Our advice, don’t get steamrollered into signing up to any surveyor in your neighbours house, always take advice, most surveyors will give you advice free of charge in the first instance.
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