||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 244 (Jul)
|| EWHC 1694 (QB)
||Queen's Bench Division
||John de Waal (instructed by Reed Smith) for the claimant.
||Paul Emerson (instructed by Moore & Blatch) for the defendant.
||14 July 2004
Misrepresentation - Fraudulent misrepresentation - Negligent misrepresentation - Lease of premises - Pre-contractual enquiries - Dry rot - Answer that no dry rot carrying implication that vendor made such investigation as could reasonably be expected of it.
In the circumstances of the case, the defendant's written reply to the pre-contractual enquiries in connection with a lease contained a fraudulent misrepresentation and carried with it a negligent misrepresentation that reasonable steps had been taken to ascertain whether dry rot existed. That misrepresentation was not corrected by the defendant's subsequent disclosure that the staircase had been replaced due to dry rot, since that statement carried with it a further implication that in replacing the staircase the defendant had taken reasonable steps to see that the replacement had cured the dry rot.
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