Buying a listed house: How liable am I?

John Conlin / 24 November 2016

Chartered surveyor John Conlin advises a reader on the liability of buying a listed house.



Question

I am buying a listed house but am concerned that it has plastic guttering which is clearly out of keeping. 

As a new owner could I be liable to replace it with some more appropriate type?

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Answer

Technically you are liable for any unsuitable work carried out by previous owners after the date of Listing. This date can be found online in the Register of British Listed Buildings.

If the present owners cannot provide you with an affidavit confirming that the guttering pre-dated the Listing you should ask them to pay for a single premium indemnity insurance policy.



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