Subsidence claims have been insignificant of late, with only 17,000 claims made in 2014 compared to 54,000 in 2003 and 48,000 in 2006, but the market
should guard against complacency, with experts predicting that 2016 could be a major year for claims, following damage caused by the recent floods and the
possibility of a dry summer.
Underpinning, where the foundations of a property are strengthened, is now also used in less than 3% of all subsidence repairs, with the majority resolved
by removing the cause of the problem, such as a tree.
Commenting in Post magazine, BLM partner and head of property damage, Cathy Hawkins, has pointed out that advances in dealing with neighbours and local
authorities has made it easier to avoid underpinning.
"Nowadays people are a bit more sensible about it. Tree owners are liable for damage caused by their trees that they could have foreseen and once someone
has put the evidence in an envelope through their door it means they could have foreseen it."
You can read the article in full on Post’s website.