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    • ih8stress
    • By ih8stress 6th Oct 16, 10:12 PM
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    No planning permission for Extension + Covenants
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    • 6th Oct 16, 10:12 PM
    No planning permission for Extension + Covenants 6th Oct 16 at 10:12 PM
    I purposely asked if there was planning permission on a rear single storey extension, (done before the current owner moved in) before offering on a bungalow.
    The Estate Agent checked with the Sellers' Solicitor who confirmed that they could get the paperwork from the council, so I put in my offer.

    6 weeks down the line, I have just found out that pp is not available after all. The Sellers' Solicitor has approached the council who say that nothing going back as far as 1974 is showing.
    The property was built sometime in the 70's and extended in the 80's (assumed dates in my survey) so it falls well outside of the 4 year clause for pp but not building regs.

    As the Solicitor approached the council an Indemnity is not possible but I would not have accepted this anyway as they do not protect against shoddy work etc.

    There are also a couple of Covenants, one stating that any alterations need written consent first. My Solicitor doubts that the extension or garage have these. A fence has also been built which contravenes a Covenant.

    Should I be trying to get retrospective building regs ('regularisation') from the Seller?
    Does it actually 'de-value' the property now?

    I'm also concerned about re-selling and the possibility of restricting future buyers and lenders to people who are okay with Indemnities (and not being able to disclose that until after an offer is accepted).

    Thank you in advance
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    • By ANGLICANPAT 11th Oct 16, 2:57 PM
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    Anglicanpat, is there something particular you want help with?
    Originally posted by Hoploz
    Not me personally , but a close family member is in a difficult position which obviously I cant go into here , but the options are naturally something Im interested in , not to give advice, but to point a bit at things to look at closely! Those last answers have given me I think, most of what I was looking for , so thanks again everyone for the extra info .
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