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FTB, lack of completion certificate, please advise

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  • FTB, lack of completion certificate, please advise

    Hello everyone,

    We're in the process of trying to buy a 2 bed maisonette just outside of Edinburgh.

    We have agreed a price, got a mortgage in place, etc.

    Now, here is the catch. The Flat was originally a one bed and somewhere along the line, as far as we know, at least before 2001, the attic was converted to a bed room and study area, without a building warrant and no completion of works certificate was obtained.

    The council is supposed to be issuing a letter of comfort to acknowledge they are not interested in taking any action against the home owner but they have stated they will not comment on the safety of the works.

    I'm concerned the works may have never been done correctly, as on the Home buyers report, the floors are given a grade 2, due to "loose, uneven and springy floorboards. Runs to the floor were noted".

    The seller tried to put pressure on us to go to settlement on Friday, we decided to ignore her as we thought she was being unreasonable, considering, she originally told us she had all the relevant paperwork and we have already gone past the agreed move in date because of all this.

    I'm going to request a building survey be done to ensure the attic conversion is up to scratch, we won't be buying otherwise as the lack of transparency and sellers attitude is concerning me.

    Has any one out there got any helpful advice for us?

    If the building survey came back fine, would you still consider lack of building certificate to have an impact on the properties value?

    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: FTB, lack of completion certificate, please advise

    Oh and in case its relevant. it is a grade c listed building(grade II*) and was built around 1900.


    • #3
      Re: FTB, lack of completion certificate, please advise

      How did this go? Did you go for the property in the end?