Homebuyer’s surveys and am I entitled to use any surveyors providing they are accredited and RIC’s registered?
24/04/2012 2:45 pm
I own 25% leasehold share on a shared ownership property within a large housing association. This is my second property within the same association after marrying and up sizing. On the sale of my last shared ownership, the housing association sent me a resale’s pack, in this pack it stipulates that I have to use one of the surveyors off the list provided. This in itself seemed rather controlling and more apparent after paying £650 pound.
The surveyor valued my property at £30k lower than the full market price which I had purchased it less than a few years before, and the surveyor only used two other properties as his comparable data which he obtained from an estate agent 7 miles from my property, also the surveyors was from another county over 40 miles away and had no local knowledge of the house market prices or trends nor the local amanitas. I contested the valuation after I collected over 30 sales prices within a year’s timeframe which came from 11 local estate agents sales figures less with a 1.5 mile radius of my property, the surveyor eventually amended the 2nd valuation once I had presented my investigation outcomes to him and the cc’d in RIC’s.
I am now looking to move again, so I called my housing association and informed them that I will be selling and will not be using one of surveyor on their list, they informed me that this ok, however I will have to email the housing association the surveyors details so they can speak to them before they do the survey...
I asked why this was necessary and they told me so the surveyor has the correct criteria. I said that this would not be necessary, the housing association can email me the criteria and I will forward this information to the surveyor, the association said they would not accept the survey if they could not speak to the surveyors first?
I said to the housing association that I believe that this defeats the purpose of me getting an independent RICs surveyor and I also believe that the Housing Association have tried to influenced the surveyors in the past or have a gentleman’s agreement so the surveyors can stay on the recommendation list.
Is this something I am legally oblige to do, let the housing association speak to the surveyors I am paying? Or am I entitled to use any surveyors providing they are accredited and RIC’s registered?