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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:52 pm 
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Currently going through the stages of buying a traditional victorian mid row terraced house. Traditional 2 reception rooms with front door opening straight into front living room, staircase going through the centre of the house and originally having a wall either side of the stairs. These two walls have been removed and on the sellers form was put as being exempt from building regulations. What i need to know is what are the chances of these being load bearing,thus applicable to building regs? Upstairs there are two rooms, one of which is bathroom , and then a door opening stairs upto a loft conversion for 2nd bedroom, however im not sure if this counts as a conversion or was original, as every house that side of the road has one.

If these walls were load bearing, this work was done 15 years ago, so suggests an RSJ is intact and work isnt dangerous , what would the implications of proceeding with the purchase be, not keen on indemnity insurance.

Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:47 pm 
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Like you say, its been like that for 15 years, so if there was any instability it would have shown by now. But people are sneaky and any cracks et could have been covered or patched pre-sale.

Get a full structural survey if you're serious about buying the property and instruct the surveyor to pay particular attention to the walls in question. There's no way anyone one here could say for sure without looking at the property.

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