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Buying - but unsure if conservatory building regs met.

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  • Buying - but unsure if conservatory building regs met.


    We've seen a house that we're very keen on. There's already some other offers but they've not been accepted, and we can go to the full asking price, so feel we have a good chance of getting it.

    However I noticed that the kitchen diner is actually made up of a room and a knocked-through conservatory.

    If a conservatory is knocked through (i.e. no separating door) it needs building regs (I think as it needs to meet higher energy saving criteria, etc.). Is this something the surveyor will check?

    Should I ask about this now? I don't want to lose the house because the vendor doesn't have regs and thinks 'uh-oh, he's on to us', so chooses someone at £5k less in the hope they won't notice.

    I'm not entirely sure what to do. We want the house, but I'm concerned the conservatory could freeze the entire house in winter if it hasn't been done right, or we'd have to pay a fortune to get it up to regs.