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  • Refurbish/Develop

    4” vent hole in block of flats

    Hi all, currently the bathroom extractor fan in one of my properties is mounted on the bathroom window. In the future I’ll be looking to replace the widow and install a standard wall mounted extractor fan.

    I’m wondering if I need to inform building control or alert the other owners in the flats above me if I were to have the bathroom wall cored to vent the new fan to the outside wall. My flat is ground floor and there’s 2 flats above me, the walls are 3ft thick stone.

    Thanks in advance

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    You  are NOT allowed to drill holes of any kind into a flat block wall!

    Only with freeholder permission may you do so.

    Such permissions are normally given  for boiler gas flues

    Freeholder permission is ALWAYS required when there is anything to do with the fabric of the block.

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    I should have specified, I’m in Scotland, there is no “freeholder” each of us has absolute ownership of our individual properties in this building.


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    Ah!!! and therein lies the problem .English LL generally have no knowledge  of Scottish processes

    I'm one of them!

    Ergo English LL can't really comment on stuff relating to the Scottish PRS.

    We are literally two countries divided by a common language!!


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    Can you not put the extractor in the ceiling instead?

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    The ducting behind the fan would still have to find its way to the outside of the building.

    The difficulty I envisage is drilling a core bit through a 3 foot thick wall, as mentioned in the original post!

    My suggestion is, assuming the new windows are double glazed, just get a new sealed glazing unit made with the required hole in it, it's no big deal, they do it all the time.

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    Not sure if this is still relevant, but when I needed a similar job done in my Edinburgh flat, some years ago, I needed the assistance of a local architect to negotiate with the City Council and ensure that the work - internal as well as external - complied with City building regs.

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