Expert Witness Reports

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Expert Witness

We were instructed by the leaseholders of a local authority block of flats disputing the scope and cost of work claimed in the service charge. 

Local authority service charge dispute

We were instructed by the leaseholders of a local authority block of flats disputing the scope and cost of work claimed in the service charge.

Our detailed inspection and report assisted the property tribunal in finding on their behalf and having the service charges reduced.

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Expert Witness

A dispute over a poorly constructed and leaking conservatory led to our client taking legal action against the installers. 

Client / Conservatory installer dispute

A dispute over a poorly constructed and leaking conservatory led to our client taking legal action against the installers.

We were able to prepare an expert witness report identifying the shortcomings and design errors that assisted the parties in reaching an out of court settlement.

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Expert Witness

We were instructed by the manufacturers and installers of replacement windows after a complaint had been received.

Window manufacturer and installer / client dispute

In this case we were instructed by the manufacturers and installers of replacement windows. Their client had rejected the product as poor quality and having been installed inadequately and wished to negotiate the agreed price.

Our report found that the windows were constructed in accordance with relevant standards and in the majority of cases had been satisfactorily installed. Any shortcomings were minor and easy to rectify.

Our report assisted the small claims court in finding in favour of our client.

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Need a professional surveyor’s report to support a legal dispute?

Disputes are to be avoided but when a matter becomes litigious it is often necessary to obtain an expert’s report. These are usually required to be presented in a particular format (CPR35). Collier Stevens provides expert witness services for residential property matters.

Our fields of expertise are:

  • Party wall disputes but not boundary disputes or right to light issues.
  • Landlord & tenant service charge disputes where we have acted for both freeholders and leaseholders.
  • Landlord and tenant housing disrepair and section 11 disrepair matters. Usually we represent tenants over condensation and dampness issues.
  • Landlord and tenant assured shorthold tenancy checkout and damage disputes and claims against deposit.
  • Building problems, in particular cavity wall insulation and conservatory installations. We have provided reports on behalf of the relevant ombudsman services and the consumer refund service.
  • Building project disputes for minor building works (contract values up to £100k) which have included contractual and payment disputes and quality of workmanship disputes.

It is always best to discuss your requirements with us first. We only take instructions where we have the necessary knowledge and expertise to prepare a detailed and accurate report.

Call us to talk to a surveyor about you requirements — London 020 8295 1200 or Kent 01303 239000

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