joebre wrote:Quick update on this;
I eventually had to write to the County Manager to get some action.
I am sorry that I did not seek a Section 5 declaration last July but there seemed little point in looking for an exemption certificate for something that I knew was not exempt. Howver, it would have given a decision with 4 weeks.
The developer has recently submited retention for the lower ground floor and for the conversion of the attic.
He has not addressed my problem about the lack of a suitable means of escape but I will post that separately.
Where was your own adviser in all of this?? Did you not on the advice of your solicitor seek professional assistance before you purchased?
Did you not have a snag list done and did your solicitor not ask you to engage an architect to review the planning drawings and the as built construction?
The situation you are in was not uncommon in the bad old days and when I was asked to do a snag list I regularly asked for planning and fire drawings so I knew what was supposed to be there and anything missing was put on the snag list. Needless to say my snag lists were a bit expensive but to some extent you get what you pay for.
From your posts it appears that you are in possession of a property that has no planning permission and does not comply with building regulations. Recent high court cases have forced the builder to chose between correcting all of the defects or buying back the property and the sale price plus costs.