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Refurbishing my own Leashold Property - What do I need to know?


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I would like to refurbrish my own leasehold house (still ongoing purchasing process).

This will include new plumbing, boiler installation, new lights, new doors, throughout the property and moving some of the internal walls (non-supporting, plasterboard). 

  •  What consents do I need to acquire to do it legally (if any)?🤔
  • Can I do it without a consent from a freeholder?🙄
  •  Can I apply for a planning, refurb before I receive keys? (i'm still in the process of purchasing the property).😬

All remarks and comments highly appreciated. 

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Generally, you are entitled to do what you want inside the property. 

- You won't need planning permission

- You need to read the lease with the freeholder. It will tell you what you need to inform the freeholder of

Note that councils will have rules about when you can carry out noisy works. In leasehold properties, you need to be careful of this. Your neighbours may complain 

 

 

 

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As above - you do not need planning for those things but you may well need your freeholder's permission & you may need to pay. New plumbing may need building control (depends what you are doing) and your boiler will need to be registered with the Local Authority (usually through the Competent Persons Scheme) so make sure you get that from your installer.

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Ok. I've got this in the lease:
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So I guess I'd need to get the consent from the landlord in order to change SystemBoiler to Combi and move some of the internal walls. 

What's the best to approach them? 

The other thing I'm not sure is how much they need to know about the refurb? If I wish to change toilets or do a new bathroom (without moving any walls) should I also ask for a consent? What if I would like add more lights in the room, does Landlord need to know about these details?

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I think you need to inform the freeholder of moving the internal walls. Everything else probably doesn't need permission

Do you really need to be removing walls in a leasehold property? I would avoid doing that
 

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31 minutes ago, EvolutionBlogger said:

I think you need to inform the freeholder of moving the internal walls. Everything else probably doesn't need permission

Do you really need to be removing walls in a leasehold property? I would avoid doing that
 

The original kitchen is very small and the developer used their bespoke kitchen design. After 15years kitchen just got a bit tired and we would like to fit a new one. However nothing fits when we try to accomodate units from Howdens, Wickes etc. The only option is to do sacrifices in a form of losing a cabinet or getting small fridge or leaving empty gaps. 

Having a consent for moving a drywall (empty divider wall by 20cm) would allow us to get our perfect fit kitchen. 

Why would you avoid doing that?

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1 hour ago, wookash said:

The original kitchen is very small and the developer used their bespoke kitchen design. After 15years kitchen just got a bit tired and we would like to fit a new one. However nothing fits when we try to accomodate units from Howdens, Wickes etc. The only option is to do sacrifices in a form of losing a cabinet or getting small fridge or leaving empty gaps. 

Having a consent for moving a drywall (empty divider wall by 20cm) would allow us to get our perfect fit kitchen. 

Why would you avoid doing that?

I would avoid moving internal walls, as in leasehold properties, you have neighbours close by. It's important to communicate clearly with your neighbours, as you want to avoid making enemies. The heavier the works you do, the more you'll piss people off. 
 

If you are desperate to get your perfect kitchen, they you should probably inform the freeholder and see what they say. 

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