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Dishonest vendors - Warning to next buyer

My partner and I have pulled out of the purchase of what was to be our dream house, based on our building survey quoting in excess of £14k of priority work needing to be done, £16k of work in total. The estate agent and vendors were adamant we didn't need a survey, and kept pushing their home buyers report from 2008 onto us. Despite this, I booked a survey and the estate agent rang up and cancelled it behind my back. The vendors were unwilling to renegotiate a price, in light of the findings despite our offer being £5k over the asking price. The vendors have said that the house will go back up for sale, which it is now on Zoopla as a star buy and that they will encourage the next buyers to not get a survey done! Surely this isn't legal, they were knowingly encouraging us to not get a survey, and they are doing it again. We got out in time, but I don't think the next potential buyer will be so lucky! This is not ethical and there has to be something done to make people aware.

Asked on Jul 19 2016, House Prices in Stockport | Report content

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  • Hello Candy, I know it's been a while but it's worth reporting the estate agent to The Property Ombudsman (TPOS). Hope things turned out well in the end. Thanks, Ruban

    Answered on Sep 16 2018, Report content

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