Acting for buyers of a house in the Mountsorrel area of Loughborough, Leicestershire, Fridaysmove Property Conveyancing Solicitor Anthony Tse spotted in the agent’s sales particulars that the house had been substantially extended. Searches with the local authority, Charnwood Borough Council, Council Offices, Southfield Road, Loughborough, revealed several planning approvals, including for a two-storey side extension, a single-storey rear kitchen, and a new front bay window.
Where it is discovered that a house has been extended or altered by previous owners, it is extremely important that Conveyancing Solicitors acting for purchasers check that there are proper planning permissions in place. Clients buying an extended property would not be happy if the council told them to pull down part of the building because it did not have proper permission, nor would their mortgage lenders. Although extensions up to a certain level may be carried out without planning consent, if a property has already been enlarged, then subsequent works could require consent – Buyers must have details of previous work.
Even where planning consent is not needed, new building works and substantial alterations usually have to conform to building regulations. Fridaysmove Loughborough Conveyancing Solicitors checked that the work had been inspected by the local council, and a completion certificate was issued. Where work includes new kitchens or bathrooms, then it is essential to ensure that all plumbing and electrical work has been carried out to the relevant statutory standards.
It is uncommon for builders to give any guarantees for such works, but if these are available they will be checked to see if the benefit can be assigned to the transferee.
Building regulation approval is not in itself a guarantee of the standard of the work, and anyone buying an extended house would be advised to have their own survey carried out.
In the case of this property everything was found to be satisfactory, and Anthony was able to advise the clients to proceed. The sales agents were Hartley Estates of 7 Swan Street, Loughborough LE11, and long-established Solicitors firm Straw and Pearce in Loughborough acted for the vendors.
Planning enquiries are now a significant part of a property Conveyancer's duties and Fridaysmove Conveyancing Solicitors in Loughborough will be able to provide expert legal advice about this to buyers of property around Loughborough and the surrounding areas.