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Damp in homebuyers survey, owner not letting us conduct damp review

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  • Damp in homebuyers survey, owner not letting us conduct damp review

    We are in the process of buying a house that has recently been extended, we believe by the owner's (who is a builder) firm. He was landlord, and has now extended and renovated before selling.

    The homebuyer's survey was in the main fine. The majority of damp tests showed nothing. One test that did show damp was on the inside wall of the downstairs cloakroom, it also showed flaking of the wall. This wall was previously an external wall but is now enclosed by the extended kitchen. The survey suggested we get a damp proof expert in to look at this, because as well as this, they found 'springiness' and a slope in the laminate flooring in the area, suggesting a possible leak, so to also look under the floor.

    When the estate agent told the owner that we wanted to do a damp review, the owner has said that the damp is caused by salt in the old brickwork and will go away if left. How likely is this? The owner also does not want us to do the review as he wanted the sale to move swiftly, however we would only be carrying this out while the solicitors are doing the searches/deeds work anyway, so this isn't holding anything up. Is his position understandable or are we right to be annnoyed?