I purchased a new studio flat which was built over an existing shop, about 3.5 years ago. The sale went through shortly after the property was completed.
The studio, and 3 other flats/studios, were all constructed at the same time.
The development is in a conversation area, and the council imposed a condition on the grant of planning permission to say that "new windows must be painted timber" (because the development is in a conservation area).
We had a letter through from planning officers recently saying that we must replace the windows because they are in breach of the condition, otherwise they will impose a Breach of Planning Condition Notice.
I appreciate that the council are within their right to say I'm responsible (caveat emptor, etc) but would I have any recourse to make a claim against any of the following:
- My mortgage lender's surveyor (who in reply to "Is the property of Architectural or Historic Interest, listed, or in a Conservation Area?", answered "No");
- The developer (who didn't comply with the planning conditions);
- My solicitor (who handled the transaction - I've checked my files and they did not advise me of anything unusual when carrying out the usual searches done as part of a property purchase).
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