Listed Buildings are a special class of building that have been designated by the Government to have a special status that means they must be preserved. The reason a Building is Listed may be because it is of historical or architectural interest.
The only interaction many of us will ever have with Listed Buildings is on visits to National Trust sites. However, there are a number of listed buildings that are private homes.
Furthermore, these are not just the abodes of the very rich. Many small apartments in cities and towns around the UK have listed building status too.
What Buildings are Listed?
Naturally, older buildings have a greater tendency to be listed. A breakdown of the ages of listed buildings looks like this:
- Pre-1600 – 15%
- 17th Century – 19%
- 18th Century – 31%
- 19th Century – 32%
- 1900 – 1944 – 3%
- Later than 1944 – 0. 2%
Living in a Listed Building has two implications for a home owner:
- They may be under an obligation to pay for compulsory building conservation on certain aspects of the property.
- Extensions and alterations they wish to make to the property may be forbidden.
Furthermore, a careless or inexperienced Conveyancing Solicitor may not do the relevant checks to see if your new home is a Listed Building.
Subsequently, you may purchase a property only to discover, six months down the line, that your planned kitchen extension is not an option. Worse still, that you must pay £12, 000 to maintain a Georgian window frame, or face criminal prosecution.
Discovering that you live in a Listed Building is not often a pleasant surprise.