Buying a house with a history of subsidence x 2
I am considering buying a lovely flat in North London. However it transpires that it has had a history of subsidence twice in the past (1996 and again in 2004). There is no paper trail for the first case. I have an engineers report for the second case. The report cites two sycamore trees but, only one has been removed (by the council at the front). The remaining tree is in a neighbours garden and is huge. I expect the roots affect surrounding soil. I do not know why this tree has not been removed. Other than this engineers report, there is no paper trail. I have been told there is no movement since 2004. Of course, there could be movement which has been plastered over as the vendor seems to want to move extremely quickly. However, she has a certificate of structural adequacy. I like the flat but, dont want to be lumbered with a third case of subdience or any underpinning. Should I have more of a paper trail? Any advice please....many thanks indeed.
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