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6: UK’s biggest surveyors slam the brakes on certain postcodes as they battle backlogs

In the summer a Mortgage Strategy investigation revealed some of the biggest surveyors had stopped taking on new instructions for valuations as they struggled to deal with backlogs. The investigation has prompted the surveyor community’s professional body, the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors, to launch an independent inquiry into the delays and the issues facing the valuation sector.

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