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Hello, I am Law Denning and I am a practising solicitor in a HighStreet practice. I have been an expert on this website in UK law since 2008.During that time, as you appreciate, I have answered thousands of questionsfrom satisfied users on a variety of subjects.
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Will this resolve eventually? What is the loss in value? How is that calculated? Valuer?
Do you mean that Bloors bought them back from the owners
Have you contacted NHBC?
How many homes affected? How many not?
How many people feel like you do?
I think youhave to assume that since you bought the property, in the current market it hasrisen very little if anything in value but has not dropped.
What youneed to ascertain therefore is how much it is worth now and how much it isworth (with its history) when all this work is finished.
Check yourhouse insurance to see if you have legal expenses cover that would pay for thecost of any litigation.
Once youhave the evidence you then a strong position to go to the builder to claimcompensation in blight.
If they don'troll over, you are faced with court and that litigation would not be risk-freeand would certainly not be cheap.
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Surprisingly enough, it isprobably not a property lawyer you need but more likely to be someone who dealswith building contracts. It might be worthwhile contacting barristers chambersand speaking to the clerk and asking if any barrister in the chambers anyonedoes Direct Access and deals with this kind of matter. The barristers clerk willknow exactly who deals with what. The first thing you need is an opinion as toyour likely chance of success and as, if this goes to court, you are going toneed a barrister, you may as well (at this stage at any rate) save thesolicitor's money and go straight for the barrister's opinion. The barristersays that in his opinion it has no chance of success or, limited chance, atleast you know.
The barrister may be able tosuggest a solicitor could deal with it for you.
Unless you have money to payfor the legal costs in the event that any claim that fails, you are going toneed insurers to cover the legal costs and this is arranged by the solicitor.
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