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Buying a House with No Building Control Certificate for Extension - Will Lender Still Approve?

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Hi everyone,

We’re buying a freehold terraced house in England with a mortgage from Barclays. The house has an extension with a Lawful Development Certificate but no building control completion certificate.

We've already received a mortgage offer, and the seller will provide indemnity insurance.

Our main concern: Will Barclays still lend us the money given this situation?

Any advice or similar experiences would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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  • user1977
    user1977 Posts: 14,788 Forumite
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    edited 11 July at 11:24AM
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    When was it built? What’s your solicitor’s advice (given in practice Barclays will do what they say).
  • redrosecounty
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    user1977 said:
    When was it built? What’s your solicitor’s advice (given in practice Barclays will do what they say).
    house was built 1950, lawful development 2020 and extension is built 2022. solicitor send request to Barclays, now waiting for decision from them, but it is so nervous-cant do anything(((
  • propertyrental
    propertyrental Posts: 3,077 Forumite
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    You're right - 'can't do anything'.
    So sit down with a beer, chat about the weather, and wait for Barclays to respond.
  • Albermarle
    Albermarle Posts: 23,072 Forumite
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    Our main concern: Will Barclays still lend us the money given this situation?

    Another concern is to wonder why the extension has no building control certificate. Maybe because it was not built properly ?

  • FreeBear
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    user1977 said:
    When was it built? What’s your solicitor’s advice (given in practice Barclays will do what they say).
    house was built 1950, lawful development 2020 and extension is built 2022.
    Lawful development certificate issued in 2020 won't cover an extension built in 2022 (unless you have the dates the wrong way round). In either case, 2022 is recent enough that it wouldn't be too difficult to get Building Control in to sign off on the extension. But if they were not involved from the outset, that opens up a whole can of worms.
    If BC were not notified at the start, I'd be wanting additional assurances that the extension is up to scratch and want additional reports beyond a basic homebuyer survey. trouble is, these additional surveys would be intrusive which the vendor probably wouldn't allow. Then there is the question of what would you do if the extension was found to be substandard.

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  • Hoenir
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    Our main concern: Will Barclays still lend us the money given this situation?


    You are happy with the build quality?  Looks can be deceiving . Also the words of sellers. 
  • Section62
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    FreeBear said:
    user1977 said:
    When was it built? What’s your solicitor’s advice (given in practice Barclays will do what they say).
    house was built 1950, lawful development 2020 and extension is built 2022.
    Lawful development certificate issued in 2020 won't cover an extension built in 2022 (unless you have the dates the wrong way round)....
    OP, can you confirm the dates? If correct, you'll need to check the LDC/CLD very carefully to make sure what has been built matches what the certificate says.

    It is possible to apply for a LDC for a proposed development - for example where you want to check that the proposal is permitted development - but typically you'd only do that where there was significant doubt whether the development needed full planning consent or not.  If you are so close to the limits that you need to ask for one, then it is crucial that what gets built accords with the LDC rather than being a little bit bigger, or a little bit taller, or just that little bit closer to the property boundary.

  • ThisIsWeird
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    Have the vendors supplied info such as the plans - surely there must be some drawings! - and the name of the builder used? They should have this, at only two years old, certainly they should be able to provide the builder's details.

  • loubel
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    If the seller built the extension then I'd be putting my foot down and insisting that they get it finished and the building regulations certificate issued. If they won't I would certainly be asking why and presuming it is because it is not compliant in some way.
  • Sam_666
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    Why are you paying for solicitor if you cant get ansewers?
    Paying penuts usualy means you get ...
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