Al

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Wednesday 4th December 2019


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Al

15:36 PM, 5th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Al

10:35 AM, 5th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Loft conversion without planning permission or building regs

Hi Wynn, Many thanks for that as it has eased my mind a bit. To be honest it has only been used as a store for past 10 years as too big and costly to heat up in winter. It was the attitude of the Surveyor which caused me to panic as he was so friendly when he came in and we chatted a bit but after he had been upstairs he changed. He first asked if it had been done before I bought the house and when i said no it had been done in 1993 he then asked to see this Council certificate, that baffled me, he got very Official. When I asked what had I done wrong he only muttered about what has been done has been done and then left. Not only did the builder tell me what he did but so had others as I checked with a few people before I had the work done and as I have had two other Surveyors (12 and 6 years ago) who did not say anything I was oblivious that anything was wrong. I do not want to sell anyway as am just planning to use some Equity to redecorate, etc, as I have no close relatives to leave my house to so decided to enjoy something meanwhile. I think he could at least been a bit more Civil and explained what he found that was exactly against pp than almost rushing to get out of the house. My next door neighbour has suggested some indemnity thing that costs £200 but am not sure what that is or what that would do. Thanks again for your message.... Read More

Al

18:21 PM, 4th December 2019, About 3 years ago

Loft conversion without planning permission or building regs

I am 78 and have just had the shock of my life which has left me somewhat stunned and confused. I have a 3 bed semi and had my loft converted in 1993 by a recommended builder who discussed everything and answered my many questions as I had heard this and that stories. I understood that as no changes were to be made to the roof (only a velux window) or walls, etc and no door would be fitted making it an 'extra room' that all was OK. A proper staircase could be fitted so the 'room' was basically an open one. As the house had been completely rewired floor was 'floated' as the new cables had been inserted inside the original conduit. Twelve years ago when I wanted to move a Surveyor visited to quote a price and no mention was made about the loft conversion. I did not move and 6 years ago when I thought about moving again, that surveyor never said anything about the Conversion as my house was still a 3 bed semi. However trying to get equity that Surveyor has frightened me considerably after asking for the Council Certificate. I had no idea what he meant and when I asked him all I got was some frightening info that my loft had been converted illegally and that as I had no planning permission I could be in trouble. He refused my questions when I asked what had I done wrong and what should I do. All he said was what has been done has been done and left leaving me in a bit of a state. Checking various places on the net for questions similar to mine seem to concern a conversion that has doors and thus is making an extra room to the house. All mine has been used for has been as a Computer room and a small Model Railway layout.... Read More