I was reading through the news yesterday, and I came across an interesting article about a mansion that is facing demolition because the luxury home has been vastly extended without proper planning permission. The previous owner, a builder, had more than doubled the living space without having permission to do so. He then sold it onto another couple, for a staggering £2million, and now that poor couple is suffering. The local council are insisting that they demolish the mansion to the size that was legally agreed.
This is what the couple stands to lose:
You can read the full story here
If you’re planning on buying a home that has been modified structurally, it’s important that you find out if everything has been done legally. You can find out from your local council, although your solicitor should do all the surveys for you, retrieving the relevant details. However, it’s important that you do investigate thoroughly, otherwise you could lose a large portion of your home, if not all of it.