1. Client wishes to purchase house. It is in an area where there has been known to be coalmining activity in the past. Valuer engaged to inspect property and advise on condition and value. The Valuer’s report is helpful and client agrees to purchase. But Valuer has failed to notice serious subsidence to the property. Client sues Valuer for the reduction in value of the property because of the subsidence which the Valuer had failed to notice.
2. Commercial lender makes short term loans for bridging finance. Lender instructs Valuer to report upon value. Lender is geared to lending no more than 60% of full value. The valuation is at £1m. The lender loans £600,000. The Valuer has been negligent on the basis of his valuation is incomprehensible. Property is only worth £500,000. The borrower defaults on the loan. Lender repossesses but can only sell property for £450,000. Lender sues Valuer for what lender has lost.