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Selling House and Survey has Suggested Damp Proof Course is too Low for Current Regs?

Postby pinkfluff » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:45 pm

I am currently selling my house which was built in the 50's. The purchaser has had their surveyor come round and he has advised that the damp course is too low to current requirements and that the house has damp.

I don't have any damp in my house, the exterior walls internally are not wet to touch, skirting boards are not rotten.

The purchaser asked for a damp specialist to come in and he used a damp meter which was red on all exterior walls, he didn't move furniture within the house or kitchen. He said to my husband that it was fine it didn't need doing unless decorating if we so wished.

However the report has come in from this for £1,800 worth of work to be done and the report shows all internal walls need to have the plaster knocked off to a certain level and the skirting board replaced. The cavity to be filled and then plaster replaced.

We have asked an independent builder/damp person to check and he say the work is unnecessary and not all of the walls need doing.

What is the guidelines or legislation on damp course on houses now? when was the change made to be one brick above floor level? As my house isn't damp can anyone advise me what action I can take as were not willing to pay for unnecessary work when were selling the house.
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Postby welsh brickie » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:53 pm

sounds like the surveyor knows the purchaser, and is trying to knock the price down.
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