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  1. There should not be any need to temporarily transfer the title if the property is to be sold. Suggest the Executor and beneficiaries talk to the conveyancing solicitor to be used for the sale.
  2. Reality check. Is the landlord going to make an unexpected visit to see if you have done any unauthorised work? Probably not. Is it work the landlord would be likely to object to? Doubtful. Is it going to upset your neighbours such that they would track down the landlord to complain? Tell next door what you are planning and if necessary reassure them you are not going to undermine their foundations. The real issue occurs when you sell the house and the buyer’s diligent solicitor picks up that you have done this work without permission. It is a common occurrence that the owner has done some work without the permission of the original developer/ leaseholder/mortgage provider as relevant. The buyer’s solicitor will probably insist you pay for indemnity insurance to cover the buyer in the unlikely event that there are costs or consequences arising from the missing permissions. Might cost you £100 or so.
  3. Would have been easier for you to choose one main contractor to manage it and use their preferred subcontractors. However this also carries the risk of not getting on with the main contractor which can be a problem in itself. Having already picked contractors for the various bits it may be difficult to start again. You are clearly aware of the potential pitfalls so you are in a good position to manage it. Make sure you know what each contractor expects to be already in place when they turn up. Try to avoid having multiple electricians as someone will need to sign off the electrics for building regs when all the alterations are done.
  4. The camera is more important than the lens. You need a good burst speed. On a cloudy day or floodlit you need a camera that is not too grainy when you put the ISO up to shoot at higher shutter speeds. I prefer a zoom lens to a prime. An f2.8 70-200mm zoom will give a nice background blur on closer shots but is only useful when the action is relatively near. Depending on your camera’s sensor you may be able to crop heavily on longer shots. A 100 -400mm f5.6 lens with optical stabilisation and fast focussing will enable you to take longer distance shots. I find a monopod helpful.
  5. But you do have to pay the solicitor for both transactions.
  6. I have had exactly the same at Riverside some years ago now. I wrote explaining the situation and they withdrew the charge.
  7. This is a bit of a wildcard. Penistone and surrounding villages. This is a small town with everything you describe with lots of countryside around. The northern peaks are to the west though further from the Derbyshire dales. This would be an easier commute to Leeds than from SW Sheffield.
  8. If the porch was outside permitted development but has been there five years without objection you should not have to apply for retrospective approval. Rear conservatories do not usually require planning permission as they are ‘temporary’ constructions but the 5-year principle still applies anyway. Worst case scenario, assuming your neighbours have no reasonable grounds for complaint is you have to supply drawings and pay a fee of £206 for planning consent. Potentially there is also a fee to the freeholder for permission to alter the property separate to planning consent if that has not been obtained at the time - check your lease.
  9. You can build an insulated breeze block wall inside the existing wall and plaster it to make a nice utility. You should apply for building regs. If you are changing th garage door for something else such as a wall with door and window in it you are changing the look of the property and may need planning permission. Ring th planning department for advice unless you are sure it comes under permitted development rules. We did ours and building inspector told us to fit a wired-in heat detector and needed to see the electrical installation certificate. Also we put a skylight in the garage roof which really lightens the space.
  10. A new build should not need a homebuyers survey as everything is new. It should come with a NHBC guarantee. If you have a mortgage it will need a valuation, which should be done before you exchange as otherwise you could be in a position where the lender does not lend as much as you need. The lender will often organise the valuation so speak to them.
  11. Here’s a suggestion, but it is not based on having to deal with this situation. As your tenant has moved out you could change your supplier and ask for a normal meter to be installed. Then keep your fingers crossed regarding backdated estimated readings. I imagine your tenancy contract specifies that utilities are your tenant’s responsibility so you could argue that if they try to bill you.
  12. Try another mortgage provider? Then sort out the title when you are in. If you can get a mortgage it would be worth trying to renegotiate your offer due to the issue.
  13. I agree with what has been said above. However, if you were thinking of selling, the question is how much would having the freehold increase the value of your house. Admittedly that's a bit of an unknown, but some people are wary of leasehold.
  14. One day some works may be needed to your flat (eg windows) and everyone else will have to chip in. It’s the way these leases usually work.
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