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Building regulations query - help!

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queribus Fri 12-Jun-15 15:56:24

Back in 2012 we replaced a large window in the kitchen with French doors. Our builder advised that we didn't need building regs - and I (perhaps foolishly) thought no more about it. Now we selling the house and I'm really worried that this will scupper the whole thing.

I know I can retrospectively apply (although this seems to be very complicated) but do we actually need building regs for this sort of work?


bilbodog Fri 12-Jun-15 16:39:32

I've just googled it and it looks like you should have Building Regs. It is the sort of thing that can cause a problem when you sell so you could either do it retrospectively or not - and then be prepared to pay for indemnity insurance to cover that fact that there is no certificate.

poorbuthappy Fri 12-Jun-15 16:45:27

The indemnity insurance is likely to be cheaper than the retrospective building regs I think...

lalalonglegs Fri 12-Jun-15 19:33:23

Did he get you a FENSA certificate, solicitors are obsessed with them. If the width of the windows didn't change, would you need building regs (ie, if you didn't have to put in a wider means of support)?

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