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Building regs for timber d/g sash windows......

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RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Thu 27-Nov-14 22:54:02

Just a quick query about building regs for replacement windows.....

Windows in question are on the front elevation of a non-listed period house and were replaced by a very reputable small local joinery company with very expensive hard wood double glazed sashes replicating the originals that were in a terrible state.

Replacement took place eight months ago and the windows were not covered by FENSA although the home-owner believed they would be covered by the building regs taken out for other works to the property (as verified by the architect). An independent building inspector signed off all works, but the final certificate makes no mention of exactly what works were covered - merely stating 'internal alterations'.

The term 'internal' set alarm bells ringing for me and now the house is being sold the buyers solicitor has flagged up the windows as not having building regs.

I understand that indemnity insurance cannot be taken for works carried out less then twelve months previously and retrospective building regs/regularisation will delay proceedings.

An independent building inspector was previously employed - would it be possible to use him again in this instance and would it speed up the process?

Any other suggestions would be most appreciated.

TIA

Chumhum Thu 27-Nov-14 22:58:08

Do you need building regs for windows? It wouldn't bother me if they're timbre and come from a reputable company did the maker provide any guarantee?

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Thu 27-Nov-14 23:19:17

Thanks for responding Chumhum ��

Well, according to the buyer's solicitor, yes you do, although I wasn't aware you did!

The windows were manufactured and fitted by a reputable company that are highly respected locally - and are of a far better quality than many icky plastic ones to boot - who have given a verbal guarantee only, but they would possibly provide something in writing if asked nicely......

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Thu 27-Nov-14 23:20:13

Apologies for the curious squares after your name btw, ipad playing silly sods!

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