How do you know if ad­di­tions/ren­o­va­tions to a home on the mar­ket com­ply with reg­u­la­tions?

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IT de­pends largely on the spe­cific house and you can’t ever guar­an­tee every­thing com­plies with cur­rent reg­u­la­tions.

As a start, it’s best to ask the real es­tate agent to pro­duce doc­u­men­ta­tion and writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion that the ren­o­va­tions had coun­cil ap­proval, which they should be able to pro­vide.

For the ren­o­va­tions to be given coun­cil ap­proval then they would have likely com­plied with cur­rent reg­u­la­tions at the time of con­struc­tion, of­fer­ing some level of com­fort. But if the ren­o­va­tions are more than seven to 10 years old, coun­cils start to throw away records so won’t be much help.

If you’re con­cerned, seek pro­fes­sional opinion and have a pre-pur­chase in­spec­tion car­ried out, which will be able to pick up any sig­nif­i­cant is­sues. A qual­i­fied en­gi­neer also can make sure there are no struc­tural prob­lems and ma­jor faults caused by the ren­o­va­tions.

Be aware that the house you’re look­ing at may not com­ply with all cur­rent reg­u­la­tions. For ex­am­ple, in late 2010 there was a change to the build­ing code, which now stip­u­lates all newly con­structed homes must achieve a min­i­mum six-star en­ergy ef­fi­ciency rat­ing: you’ll be hard-pressed to find a house on the mar­ket that com­plies with this reg­u­la­tion.

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