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House purchase, no BRA for 14 year extension

The house we're hoping to buy is 1960s bungalow with a 2010 extension. It has BR 'started' but no approval cert. Survey has not brought up and issues and it looks sound too. We're looking to vault the ceilings in the extension, and add velux and we know we'll need BRA etc and will ensure we get a completion cert. 

My question is, will the lack of BRA impact further work we want to do and will us getting BRA for the extra work take away the issue of the missing BRA once we come to sell in the future? 

Should I insist our sellers get retrospective approval, otherwise the lack of it becomes my problem when I try to sell in the future? 


  • Doozergirl
    Doozergirl Posts: 33,718
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    edited 11 February at 12:52PM
    If your BR application reads 'insulation upgrades and new roof window to existing extension' then your new certificate will end up regularising the old one, to a certain degree.  

    It's possible that the building control officer might want to see some additional upgrades, which would be for your own benefit, but in 25 years I've never seen an BCO bothered about the pre-existing structures when the whole point is that we're upgrading them.  

    I certainly don't see the point in the time and effort to regularise something where the intention is to improve.  

    Previous experience of instances where BCA has been sought but not finished is that people have simply forgotten the final inspection.  

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  • ProDave
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    Just be aware that converting a normal trussed roof into a vaulted roof, usually means roof completely off and a complete new roof structure.  That will expose all the former work so I am sure there will be no issues with sign off as long as any problems revealed are dealt with.
  • user1977
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    I agree there seems little point in retrospectively "sorting" the previous approval if you're about to do significant new works to the same part of the house. Unless your surveyor thinks there's some sort of fundamental problem e.g. witth foundations.
  • jonnydeppiwish!
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    I think the biggest issue you may have to regularise it will be the foundations. Assuming they were inspected, then the rest should be pretty straightforward.

    Oh, cavity walls I think are now have a gap wider than 100mm so that may cause another problem.
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