Lincoln punches well above its weight in terms of listed buildings. Remnants of its reign as capital of Roman Britain, and its religious and political centrality during the Middle Ages still decorate the City, particularly in the up-hill districts of:
- Lincoln High Street
A total of 418 listed buildings adorn the city, many of them private houses. Living in a listed building probably strikes most people as an unattainable dream – in fact many of them are small, affordable and, most surprisingly, can conjure up nightmares for their owners.
Living in a listed building broadly presents two kinds of problems:
- Owners are legally obliged to carry out (often expensive) maintenance to the building.
- Planning permission on the building is (often entirely) restricted.
Choosing the right Conveyancing Solicitors in Lincoln
I never cease to be flabbergasted by the tales of buyers moving into a listed building completely unawares. Three months after the move, they begin work on a planned loft conversion or kitchen extension, only to be informed by a Surveyor or some other 3rd party that such an extension is not only unfeasible but illegal.
What on Earth was their Conveyancer doing? It should be written into the DNA of any quality firm that a listed building check is carried out on any building they are instructed to work on. In a city as historic as Lincoln there is simply no excuse, yet instances of this gross professional oversight have happened and will happen again.
The right steps
Once a listed buildings search has been conducted, solicitors can inform their clients of the subsequent restrictions and advise them about their next steps. They may not have any ambition to alter the property and be happy to spend money in the future on any necessary improvements.
Even if a problem is thrown up, it may be possible to for restrictions on the building to be loosened ( e.g. with a Listed Building Purchase Notice) or its status changed. In a city with the heritage of Lincoln, my advice is clear: make sure your Lincoln Conveyancer has a thorough knowledge of the local area and understands listed building procedures.
For more information on Listed buildings see the Lincoln Local Authority Website.