The buyer of a farmhouse advertised as being set in approximately eight acres of land says he is complaining to the Property Ombudsman after discovering that the land measured just under six acres.
Andrew Watson bought the property in September 2015 through agent Yorkshire’s Finest.
Watson, who also owns a further parcel of land measuring 5.5 acres, would be eligible for the Rural Payments Scheme if he owns a total of 12 acres. However, after having had his land at Cumberworth measured, he is short of that.
Watson found out that the Cumberworth land was over two acres less than was advertised by measuring it with software app Promap. The app, which uses Ordnance Survey data, found the land was 5.967 acres.
Watson said he was furious and had been told by other local agents that they would check the area of land on a property before putting it up for sale.
However, he said that while he had contacted TPO, he did not hold out much hope of receiving any compensation “as it seems nobody knows who is actually at fault”.
Justin Dugdale, director of Yorkshire’s Finest, said: “In correspondence to Mr Watson, I drew his attention to the fact that our sales brochure made clear that the land had not been formally measured. This he was aware of before he purchased the property some years ago.
“I am entirely satisfied my company had acted properly.”
There are some interesting comments on the story in the local newspaper, raising a number of issues.
Is this a case of Caveat Emptor versus Consumer Protection Regulations?