Negligence Claims Against Valuers

Making a Negligence Claim Against a Valuer

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You may be thinking of making a negligence claim against a valuer if you have had a property valued, only to find out later that the price paid was too much? 

In these cases we need to consider:

  • Was the valuation carried out negligently? 
  • Can you sue the valuer?


When you are making a negligence claim against a valuer, there needs to be a legal relationship between you and the valuer. This will normally be straightforward where you instructed the valuer yourself, but complexities do arise where you have relied on someone else’s valuation or your mortgage company instruct the valuer.  If it’s the latter, it’s important to consider if you bought the property to live in or whether it was a commercial transaction.  It’s also necessary to consider whether the valuer has imposed an exclusion clause limiting their liability?


Once you have established that a duty of care was owed, you then need to show that the valuer failed to act with reasonable care – this is the “negligent” bit.  Firstly, we have to look at the scope of the retainer.  Was the valuer undertaking a basic valuation or carrying out a full survey with a view to valuing the property?  Should they have been on the lookout for defects? Were the defects hidden? Would another valuer with similar qualifications and experience have taken a different view? 


The final consideration when making a negligence claim against a valuer is what financial loss has been caused.  Valuing property is more of an art than a science.  Valuers talk about valuing “within the bracket”.  Generally, that bracket is plus or minus 10% of the accepted value of the property. So if the property is valued at £100,000 but the negligent valuer says it is worth less than £90,000 or more than £110,000, they will fall outside the margin of error and probably be considered negligent.  Even so, the 10% margin of error is not absolute and depending on the facts of the case can be reduced to 5% or, if the property is especially unique, raised to 15%.


These are just some of the questions that need to be considered before making a negligence claim against a valuer.  Anyone contemplating bringing a valuer negligence claim should seek specialist legal advice direct from a solicitor who is experienced in this area of law.


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Alternatively you can email details of your valuer’s negligence claim to us at [email protected]

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This website has been in operation for more than 20 years, making it one of the longest established professional negligence resources available on the internet.

It is run by Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP, an award-winning firm of solicitors specialising in professional negligence law. We have been awarded Lexcel accreditation by The Law Society for excellence in client care and the firm is included in the independent guide to the legal profession, The Legal 500.

We exclusively represent claimants and provide a nationwide service throughout England and Wales. We are usually able to offer No Win, No Fee funding where the prospects of success are good, and the value of the compensation claim exceeds £25,000.

A member of our specialist team will be happy to provide you with a free assessment of your case. Simply contact us by phone or email.

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Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer No Win, No Fee funding for claims valued below £25,000. However, we can assist with these claims if you have legal expenses insurance and or would like to set an initial fee limit on a privately funded basis.