Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We've a List of Worries over Listed House

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We've a List of Worries over Listed House

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Byline: Fiona McNulty OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

WE HAVE looked at a mews house that is lovely but needs a lot of work. We want to buy it but we are worried because we have been told it is Grade II listed. If it is, what impact will the listing have on us and our plans for the house? Is there anything we need to be especially cautious about? ABUILDINGS are usually listed if they are of special architectural or historical interest. Grade II buildings are the most common type of listed building. There is also Grade I and Grade II*.

You can check the listing status of a building online on the National Heritage List for England. This would be a good starting place to see what type of listing applies to the house.

If you intend to carry out any work involving alteration or extension, you will need to obtain listed building consent as well as any necessary building regulations and planning consents. Have a building survey carried out by a specialist in historic/ listed buildings. Also, ask your surveyor if, in their view, works have been carried out in the past to the property. If listed building consent was not granted for any such works, you may become liable for any listed building enforcement action relating to them -- although only the person who carried out the works or caused them to be carried out could be found guilty of a criminal offence.

You should inform your surveyor about the work you would like to do to the house and seek their opinion as to whether listed building consent is likely to be granted for it.

With a listed building especially, make sure you understand the responsibilities you are taking on before you make a commitment to buy the place.

QWE ARE going to be working abroad for 18 months. Instead of doing a long let of our flat for the whole time we are away we would like to do holiday lets, as we think that may be much more lucrative. Not having done this before, where should we start? …

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