10:19 AM, 2nd February 2016, About 6 years ago 19
I am currently in the process of buying a property which the vendor has recently refurbished, this included the fitting of UPvC windows and door. My conveyancer discovered that the property is in a conservation area, and apparently there was no local authority consent for the new façade.
When pressed by my conveyancer, the vendor claimed retrospective permission had been applied for “but the council was dragging its feet.” But my conveyancer doubts this.
Then the Estate Agency handling the sale said the vendor made an offer to reduce the agreed sale price by £3K (to cover the reconversion cost and thus expediate the sale).
I should say at this point an attempted sale of this property fell through about 6 month previously. (Hmmm……, I am reading between the lines)
Alarm bells justified? Should I accept the discount and go ahead? My conveyancer said to me ultimately it depends on how much I want the property.
I would appreciate any considered advice with explanation.
Many thanks in advance.
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