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One In 10 UK Home Owners Broke Planning and Building Restrictions

More and more British homeowners prefer to remodel their homes rather than to buy a new one, or moving out due to the current economic climate.  However, a new study revealed that thousands of homeowners in Britain are performing home improvements without full knowledge of building regulations.



As reported by The Telegraph, insurance company LV=home insurance’s survey of builders and surveyors exposed that one in 10 homes they’ve seen over a five-year period has violated current building laws. Home improvement work done includes addition of extensions, loft conversion, and wall removal.


While there are proposals to relax building restrictions that allow homeowners to extend their homes, this has only added to confusion to homeowners who are unaware of exact guidelines on home improvement.


The Government announced in September 2012 that it would allow home extensions of up to eight metres for a detached home and six metres for others. While this is good news for many homeowners, it is creating confusion to some who are planning to extend their homes as discovered in the study.


35% of homeowners who are aware of the proposed amendment think that the new regulation is already in effect and misunderstand the planning rule that comes along with home extensions.  A fifth of these people will be paying much more to have work reversed if they fail to get planning permission.


Local authorities enforce building regulations and planning rules and can impress upon homeowners to reverse any home improvement that does not observe laws. In fact, over 176,000 homeowners have been ordered to take down or correct improvement work, costing them thousands of pounds more than originally projected.


Ignorance of building and planning regulation can also cost homeowners their insurance.  Improvement work done on homes can affect the property’s insurance, but almost half of homeowners who had work done did not inform their insurer.  Insurance companies determine the home’s potential risk based on its size and number of rooms among other factors.  Sizable changes made on a property or not occupying it for longer periods while renovations are performed can nullify its insurance coverage.


It always pays to get correct information on UK planning and building regulations. Information is available

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