Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Hi Everyone, I am going to buy a house in Manchester. I made an offer which is already accepted and now I have passed the details to the conveyancer for the searches etc etc. I have not made any payment yet for anything.
Now I have just found this house was advertised as three bedrooms and third bedroom is a loft conversion. In the subject & key features of the add on Rightmove it was saying it’s a three-bedrooms house and then with in full description of the advert says “This two/three bedroom terrace property is well presented and spacious”
So, when I enquired about the loft conversion from the seller, He told me that he got this property via Probate after the death of his sister. He does not have any documents about the loft conversion (regarding planning permissions or any other council approval etc.. ). He even does not know when the conversion was done. He also told me that she bought the house in 1995.
So officially it is a two-bedroom house as confirmed by the property agent too, but they did advertise it as three-bedroom House, which is strange
I am not sure; how can it affect me in the future to buy the house with an existing loft conversion but without having any documents related to it. Though I am the cash buyer and it should not be a big problem, but I am thinking from the perspective while re-selling the house in the future.
Please advise, what should I do in this scenario and how I can cover myself legally from any concern or query by the council or building regulations department in the future.
Thanks in advance
Please Log-In OR Become a member to reply to comments or subscribe to new comment notifications.