Why you need Professional Indemnity Insurance
Of course, no estate or letting agent ever intends to give bad advice. But unfortunately, mistakes can happen every now and again.
Disgruntled clients – whether they are sellers, buyers, landlords or tenants – can feel so strongly that they may take legal action against your firm in a bid to claim for compensation, lodge a complaint to a property ombudsman, your professional body, or even to the local press.
This means taking out a professional indemnity insurance policy to ensure that you are not left to foot the bill for any legal expenses (which can run into the thousands of pounds) that you may have to deal with.
Reputation is key
There is also a growing focus on the professionalism of estate agencies. The NAEA, RICS and even Rightmove all require professional indemnity insurance to join. In addition to this, all agents need to belong to an independent redress scheme, such as The Property Ombudsman – which again requires that the agent has professional indemnity insurance in order to join.
What to look for
Although professional indemnity insurance is important to both the reputation and financial health of any estate or letting agent, you need to be sure that the policy you’re taking out is a comprehensive one.
Getting a quotation
Obtaining a quotation is very easy and could save you a lot of money. For a no-obligation quotation please call us on 01934 710144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are PII experts and promise we won't pursue you with endless calls from pushy sales people.
Some examples of claims
It was alleged that the agent undersold a property. Five months later it was resold for double the previous price. Amount Paid £ 200,000
An employee of the business altered the amounts and wordings of cheques, enabling him to obtain the proceeds. Amount Paid £ 50,000
The agent advised a client to sell a farm by auction. The client later alleged that a higher price could have been obtained if the land and buildings had been sold separately. Amount Paid £ 45,000
A property was put up for sale by the agent but it was alleged that this had not been requested. Amount Paid £ 40,000
The agent valued a client's house in excess of £ 500,000 and it was subsequently put on the market. In anticipation of a quick sale, the client purchased two properties. The house was overvalued, however, and after a long delay was sold for a substantially lower price. A claim was brought for the cost of bridging finance and other expenses incurred as a result. Amount Paid £ 30,000
An agent was retained to negotiate a rent review but failed to agree an early figure.Tenants had to pay higher rent. Amount Paid £ 700,000
A notice to quit was served on the tenant of a farm. The firm failed to serve a counter notice under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 within the time limit. Amount Paid £ 75,000
The insured was managing a client's property and replaced a clay roof with concrete tiles. Because the property was a listed building, planning permission should have been obtained. The local authority required that the clay tiles be refitted. Amount Paid £ 20,000