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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 47


20:27 PM, 1st September 2021, About 4 weeks ago

Remove my perfectly good UPVC windows and doors and make me pay for the privilege?

Hi as a architect if whatproofing the deck you would normally take the water proofing under the cill of the doors and turn it up. - thats so water running down the windows and reveals drains out even when windy
Your windows should be removable and sufficient gap.
If there is a 150mm step down to the deck then above not so necessary. I presume you put a cill tray under your new windows when replacing them. Too often builders relie on a bit of mastic around the frames but if exposed it often leads to water ingress over time
The other thing is did you get planning permission for the replacement/change and landlords consent. Yes even a like for like change requires PP. If you got LL consent then unless your windows are defective or not installed correctly then cant se how they can require you to replace them.... Read More


19:49 PM, 1st August 2021, About 2 months ago

Buying a house with an unapproved loft conversion?

Not sure what you're getting at here. Those that are not "granted" mean nothing and they to old anyway

On the recent one that was granted, was the work done and was it done to approved plan and any conditions. - check the planning file. PLUS did it get building consent.
Breaches of conditions are enforceable for ten years ( but it wold need to be a significant breach ).... Read More


20:48 PM, 31st July 2021, About 2 months ago

Buying a house with an unapproved loft conversion?

Paul. No I don't know where you will find it but I have found inspectors don't pursue old breaches.

On planning its 4 years if it is already residential- 10 if its say a change to residential. The lw states 5 but enforcement at brent say in reality its just 4.... Read More


20:47 PM, 30th July 2021, About 2 months ago

Buying a house with an unapproved loft conversion?

The vendor is misleading you. Who would put in 3 fancy vellum openable windows for a storage room. and a proper staircase. perhaps its PD but it changes the outside appearance of the building so unless PD it needs permission. That said if it was done more than 4 years ago and vendor can prove this ( not ten) then you could go for retrospective PP.

So as its just storage there is just one light up there. What about power points and who installed the wiring.

I wonder what else vendor has done not to code

The agent is under. duty now to tell other buyers of the issue and not try to fluff around the issue.

Storage or otherwise it needed building regulations and as there is external alterations PP ( that's the minor part)

There is one other major important issue. What about building regulations. Ceiling joists aren't usually strong enough. There is fire rating issues and escape issues including height of windows. True Building code breaches aren't enforceable after 1 year ( stupid ) but you have the issue of it falling down( unlikely ) and safety.... Read More


21:36 PM, 19th July 2021, About 2 months ago

What’s the best form of electric heating for rental flat?

I would suggest a heat pump- air sourced. and ideally with no cooling. They are fairly quite too need a outside wall/space. If it makes sense then also use it to heat the hot water but you will need a cylinder
Heat pumps are common in a lot of countries now its certainly better than e7
Alternative is solar - but unlike the suggestions of converting the solar to electricity use the solar panels to heat hot water /radiators The efficiency is much better then converting to electric by far only trouble is need storage and like solar power expensive to set up with all the equipment and storage... Read More