Chris Coyle

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 4

Chris Coyle

14:35 PM, 11th November 2020
About 6 months ago

Can the loft conversion still be used as a bedroom?

Reply to the comment left by Smartermind at 11/11/2020 - 10:13
Mandatory requirements that need addressed are well covered in the previous replies; mandatory requirements for 2020 will have moved on since the actual loft was converted 16 years ago so you will find that should the conversion not comply then it likely will be costly to upgrade. If you choose not to engage with the local authority minimum requirements & wish to use it as a habitable room then you still need to make sure (for your own peace of mind) it is FIRE safe (compartmentation, fire alarms, escape route(s) that comply) and SAFE safe (stairs & structure & electrics & CO detectors) with no unhealthy built elements (like asbestos, no ventilation). Get a competent builder to price up these potential fixes and S.Eng quotation to do a retrospective survey/ quotation to put right (if needed). Then take your informed view on engaging with the local authorities to meet their requirements and using it as a habitable room (bedroom). (30+ Yrs Architectural Designer)... Read More

Chris Coyle

11:48 AM, 1st November 2017
About 4 years ago

Ltd Company or Personal Name for newbie buying for cash?

Hi Henry,
As an aside, I would be interested to hear where you intend to study the masters in property. Reason: My son is also staring as an undergraduate in 2018 but could not find a course that was specifically for property development. They were more geared towards estate management and/ or surveying. Please advise if you can. Thanks... Read More

Chris Coyle

10:00 AM, 30th August 2017
About 4 years ago

Am I guilty of Disrepair, Being Unfair or Both?

You indicated that the floor is suspended. If there is accommodation below this level (e.g. flat below) then I would be mindful of making good/ maintaining acoustic and fire integrity to separate between floor zones if it has been also compromised. (Whilst floor planks do not deteriorate as quickly when water saturated, interlocking fibreboard does not have `gaps` to let smoke or noise transmission through whereas traditional floor planks do have gaps. ). If it is a suspended ground floor then not an issue Re fire/ acoustics.... Read More

Chris Coyle

14:49 PM, 5th May 2017
About 4 years ago

What can I do about Flue? Help please

Party Wall Act: Agree with Steve above.. the act has little substance here unless the notice was served before the work began and you signed it and then the agreement was contravened.

Civil Law: Mileage here as it can be proved to be trespass if it overhangs your boundary. Also it is proving to be a nuisance (operative word) and your solicitor can address this (plumes into open windows or hitting it when you are passing if it overhangs your boundary - what happens if you do this and it becomes unsafe....get your solicitor to address. Also did they trespass without permission to install the flue...and continue to maintain it

Building Regulations: (check out part J): There are guidelines for placement of flues and it addresses proximity to the boundary and your windows.
A competent gas engineer can self certify in lieu of a building control inspector. Work carried out by an unregistered engineer must be inspected by your local building control officer. So best check the status of the engineer...if possible...that will put the squeeze on.
There are also guidelines from the gas board.
Point where flue passes through weather surface
Clearances to flue outlet
At or within 600mm of the ridge
At least 600mm above the ridge
Elsewhere on a roof (whether pitched or flat)
At least 2300mm horizontally from the nearest point on the weather surface and:
a) at least 1000mm above the highest point of intersection of the chimney and the weather surface; or
b) at least as high as the ridge
Below (on a pitched roof) or within 2300mm horizontally to an openable rooflight, dormer window or other opening
At least 1000mm above the top of the opening
Within 2300mm of an adjoining or adjacent building, whether or not beyond the boundary
At least 600mm above the adjacent building
1) The weather surface is the buildings external surface, such as its roof, tiles or external walls.
2) A flat roof has a pitch less than 10°
3) The clearances given for A or B, as appropriate, will also apply.... Read More