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DILAPIDATIONS RESEARCH -
DILAPIDATIONS SURVEYORS, CONTINGENCY FEES, ETHICS, TRANSPARENCY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

Michael Warren, Surveyor

As part of his College of Estate Management Master of Science in Surveying Degree, our Surveyor, Michael Warren BSc(Hons) MSc chose to examine in his dissertation the issue of ‘contingency fee’ terms of appointment for surveyors when providing dilapidations service to the public and the associated ethics, consumer protection and transparency issues as such issues had been vigorously debated since 2007 and were seemingly divisive and remained contentious within the community.

In preparing his dissertation, Michael conducted a large online questionnaire survey of dilapidations community practitioners targeting both surveyors and legal practitioners who were active within the community and received 242 completed questionnaires (including one from a Technology and Construction Court Judge) making this the largest known independent study on the topic. Michael sought to examine if there were differences in perceptions between the two communities as to the appropriateness of contingency fees for surveyors in dilapidations. The study revealed a degree of uncertainty and ignorance within the surveying community on such matters but also found that majority conclusion within each professional discipline consulted was that contingency fees for surveyors are not appropriate.

With the kind consent and permission of the College of Estate Management, the questionnaire data from the dissertation questionnaires and a copy of Michael's dissertation can be downloaded via the PDF links to the right.

 

Solicitor Data

Judiciary Data

Surveyor Data

Dissertation

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Surveyors Survey_2013-12-12.pdf
Judges_Survey.pdf
MSc Michael Warren 0801685.pdf
Solicitors Survey_2013-12-12.pdf