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Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by paultoolbox, 23 Apr 2015.

  1. paultoolbox

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    hello please can someone advise
    i converted my sisters garage 3 years ago now she wants to sell to move to a smaller property
    they have a problem they had no planning
    they had no structural alterations done just put a window where the door was
    and built up to the window
    they had the estate agent up today they asked about the planning
    apparently the land is leasehold
    shes concerned they will be unable to sell
    has anyone got advice please
    her neighbor did the same 10 years and told her she did not need planning !
    she was also told if no one reports the conversion with in 2 years no one can make her put it back into a garage ?
    thank you Paul
     
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  3. cjard

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    http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/garageconversion/

    It's probably not planning you need to be concerned about, but building regs. Garages are typically uninsulated and may not have effective means of escape from fire. If it did need planning permission, the period is 4 years. If building regs was required and not sought the enforcement period is 1 year. If you don't have regs approval, then the buyers solicitor may use it as an excuse to barter you down and may not accept purchasing an indemnity policy as sufficient. The buyer can make a decision as to how much they want your house and you make a decision how much you want to sell, and a price is reached thereon.. If they want it, it will sell but you might not get the price you hoped for if the paperwork isn't in order
     
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    thank cjard
    would they have any issues with the leaseholder of the land ?
    thanks paul
     
  5. cjard

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    I'm not sure I understand the question
     
  6. paultoolbox

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    my sister has been told that she has to buy the leasehold £8,000
    would they have a say regarding the alterations ?
    thanks paul
     
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    It rather depends on the contents of the lease agreement and the reason for why she has to buy it. personally, I'd buy it because I don't like the idea of leasehold for something where here is no one else above or below. Other people's mileage varies
     
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    ok thank you your help
    paul
     
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