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Old loft conversion need building regs?

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  • Old loft conversion need building regs?

    We are in the process of selling our 3 bed terrace and we are facing an issue with regard to the loft conversion.

    The loft has been converted into the third double bedroom, and the small single bedroom is now the staircase up to the loft. This conversion was done to a good standard and we know if was done over 15 years ago, as the last 2 owners stated they did not do any building work to the property.

    We bought the property as a 3 bedroom, and nothing was mentioned about it requiring building regulations when we bought it 11 years ago.

    Our problem is that our buyer is requesting building regulations? We have no paperwork dating back to when the loft was converted or about the loft at all.

    Our buyer is asking us to do one of the following:
    1) Obtain a regularisation certificate
    2) Bring it up to meet today's current building regulations
    3) De-value the property as a 2 bedroom

    After speaking to our local building control, we know that we can only obtain a regularisation certificate if the work was done after 1985. But we have no way of proving how old the conversion is?

    My question is, how will we find out if our conversion is prior to 1985? Is the buyer right to demand building regulations on a very old loft conversion?

    Any advice is very much appreciated!!

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    Re: Old loft conversion need building regs?

    Hi, sounds like a stressful time in your sale! - Looking at the date this has probably been sorted but incase anybody else has the same problem. First off we are estate agents dealing with sales and lettings so i would advise a solicitors advice but we do have this problem from time to time. Yes they are within their right to demand but you are also within right to ask them for any financial assistance if needed (they may of course say no) chances are you maybe able to get retrospective planning, and inregards to price they still want the property and assuming the mortgage company valued at that price you really should not need to change the agreed price. Speak with your agent and solicitor as this will not be the first time this has happened to them. The important thing is to keep the house sale together and not upset the buyer but also let them know you will not be pushed around into accepting a low offer. Best of luck
    Jacks and Jones Estate Agents