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Topic - House purchase & building regs

pasbury on 04 Jul 2013
Just to add to the slew of house buying threads here recently!

I'm buying a house that was extended twice in the 90's, one was a little lean-to utility room and the other was an extra bedroom (house is a bungalow). I want to be sure that 1) planning permission was properly obtained if it was required and 2) that the stuff was built according to building regs that applied at the time. Documentation from the seller has not been forthcoming - the extensions were completed before their purchase of the place.
Is it easy to search for planning permission cases from the mid 90's? Do the building regs matter e.g. if it was self certified who the hell will ever know? Is it wise to ask for some kind of indemnity - we've had to provide it on the sale of our house because of some new double glazing/external doors on our place that weren't FENSA certified?
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