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if I was to purchase a property that is split into flats what do I have to do to ensure it is done properly and legally? The property is being sold as a large house then when you read description it tells you it is 3 flats.
I would like to know if I could purchase the property and rent out as flats straight away (as the previous LL has been doing) or do I have to legally contact the council and anyone else?
Does the vendor have building control and planning permission certificates?
Are the flats rated separately for CT and have separate utilities?
Without these it's a whole different ball game.
Visit the local council's website. You should be able to check if the flats have planning permission and they'll also have a Building Control database where you can search the address to check the work was signed off.
Hi Dom I am not sure but I am thinking no. I presume without looking to much into it that the property is just to be sold as a house but the EA is trying to make it look more attractive. It will have separate bathrooms and kitchens but I don’t think they will have what you mentioned
The property will need some modernisation when purchased but to meet all fire regs etc would this be very costly?
thanks KT can I do this for free or pay for it?
Completely free. Just type "building control" and the name of the local council into Google, likewise "planning". You should find a direct link within the first few results.
As DL indicates below, this is just to get an initial feel as to whether it is worth pursuing and investing in professional advice.
Hi can I say you sound very inexperienced on this
The comments above are really basic
If I was you I would seek some professional independent advice from your area
The Task you are taking on is not an easy one lots of pit falls
Its worth paying for the advice on this project
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
Thanks for the advice guys
We are in the process of buying a 'house' that has been converted into 2 flats. We checked the Land Registry to see if the title has been split - it hasn't.
We then checked the planning permission and that the conversion was signed off by the building inspector. Next was to checked that the utilities has been split which we did during the viewing and confirmed afterwards. We followed this up by checking that the council had provided two sets of wheelie bins.
The only issue that we found was that the water hasn't been split which is something we can cope with.
Ian Boddison http://www.boddison.com Author of The Magic of 3 Weeks http://www.magic3weeks.co.uk
Lets Delight LtdLooking after good tenants for lifeWe promise to never terminate a tenancy or evict a good tenant even when their circumstances changehttp://www.letsdelight.co.uk
Hi Ian would you have time for a quick call sometime just to ask you a few questions? No problem if not