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to think our landlord could have told us

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pantsjustpants Mon 22-Apr-13 22:37:24

That they've put in for planning to build a house on our garden? Dh has just come home to find the notice attached to our front gate! We've not been informed or asked if this is ok, but we are aware that this is what they'd like to do in the future. I'm a bit peeved tbh.

hiddenhome Mon 22-Apr-13 22:47:34

Well the LL is telling you isn't he? confused

Hissy Mon 22-Apr-13 22:49:04

You can oppose it...

Naysa Mon 22-Apr-13 22:58:26

He did tell you though. Not telling you would be you coming home to find a house built in your garden confused

MajaBiene Mon 22-Apr-13 23:03:34

A notice attached to the gate is hardly telling them, is it!

Telling them would be calling/emailing/writing.


pantsjustpants Mon 22-Apr-13 23:03:45

Surely it is common courtesy to let us know? We pay a fair whack of rent and it would have taken two minutes to phone or email. Not a nice thing to suddenly come home to I can assure you.

apostropheuse Mon 22-Apr-13 23:06:34

Does the landlord have to ask you if it's ok to apply to build a house on his own property?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 22-Apr-13 23:07:54

Can you object? grin

LessMissAbs Mon 22-Apr-13 23:07:57

I think YABU. You have been informed. It might be well in the future, or never go ahead. The landlord might do many things with his property, such as selling it, or moving back into it, in the future, but is under no obligation to discuss any of them with you.

No-one is making you stay there while a new house gets built in the garden (assuming planning permission was gained and the house built). I think you are jumping the gun a bit.

pantsjustpants Mon 22-Apr-13 23:12:25

We always knew they were planning on selling and/or building. Would just have been polite to for someone to say "hello mr & mrs pants, do you mind us putting our planning application sign on the gate?". We would have agreed, had a chat and everyone's happy. Simple.

pantsjustpants Mon 22-Apr-13 23:13:57

Shame they haven't been so quick to fix the gate.... hmm

BreconBeBuggered Mon 22-Apr-13 23:14:09

If I were renting I'd consider use of the garden to be very much part of the deal, so this obviously affects you more than anyone else if it goes ahead. YANBU to expect a bit more information than any random passer-by.

Fuckwittery Mon 22-Apr-13 23:19:00

It's it is going to reduce your garden space that you pay rent for then no that is not on. But the notice is just about planning permission yes? So you have no idea when he's planning to build so I would check that first as he might just be planning to do so next time the property is empty, or give you notice first.

pigsDOfly Mon 22-Apr-13 23:24:51

I can sort of see both sides of this. While it is the landlord's house and yes the changes might not take place for some time, I think out of courtesy, it would have been considerate of him/her to have told the OP before the notice went on the gate that they are paying rent on.

As a LL I would definitely notify my tenant if I was planning anything that might possibly seem to impact on them, even if it wasn't going to happen until sometime in the future.

hiddenhome Mon 22-Apr-13 23:25:38

But you knew he was going to do this at some point so you have been told.

TidyDancer Mon 22-Apr-13 23:28:06

I think the LL could've been courteous enough to tell you. So I think yanbu.

QuintessentialOHara Mon 22-Apr-13 23:29:15

Does your tenancy say you have use of the garden?

cozietoesie Mon 22-Apr-13 23:31:22

Are you sure that it was the landlord who put the sign there? I rather thought that that was the local/planning authority's job.

ComposHat Mon 22-Apr-13 23:31:37

I'd be on to him to reduce the rent to reflect the fact that you've got reduced outdoor space and if he gets shirty, tell him you are leaving!

I suppose that's one of the few advatages of private rentals, you can up sticks comparatively easily.

inabeautifulplace Mon 22-Apr-13 23:38:47

My old landlord had a plan to buy up the adjoining terraced houses and knock through to create a nice big house. He discussed it with me before he'd even bought the other houses, which I thought was decent of him. Of course it's not obligatory to let your tenant know that you're considering evicting them. It does strike me as good manners though.

If you know they've been planning this for a while and it's been approved, I'd start looking for somewhere else. I don't know what they are allowed to do with sitting tenants, but it might be more than you'd think.

pickledginger Mon 22-Apr-13 23:44:01

He has told you though. You said you always knew that he was planning on selling/building. Planning permission has to be applied for. The notice is to give people a chance to object. Once he gets permission it's good for, I think, 3 years.

pickledginger Mon 22-Apr-13 23:45:32

Many private tenancies end up as 2 months mutual notice.

breatheslowly Mon 22-Apr-13 23:48:15

If I was your LL, I would definitely have had a conversation with you as there is a real risk of you giving notice and leaving. It will probably take months to get the permission, if it is granted at all. A discussion with you of the plans, timescale etc might help your LL to avoid a big gap in tenancies if he can set your mind at rest. I wouldn't want to live next to a building site and would be looking to move ASAP.

Hattie23 Mon 22-Apr-13 23:56:35

We found out LL was selling our flat when an estate agent called to ask if it was convenient to bring some viewers round!
It would have appreciated it if LL had told us himself so i get why op is upset.

ComposHat Tue 23-Apr-13 00:03:10

Yep, Hattie that happened to us too. Galling thing was we got chucked out the flat so she could sell it, only for her to change her mind.

Last time I walked past it was back up for rent, it was a shite flat and her and her letting agents were a right bunch of incompetent and greedy twats.

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