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Topic # 204298 26-Sep-2016 04:00
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Hey guys,
My girlfriend is looking to buy a house in West Auckland. In the plans at the council it is a single bedroom "cottage" with a kitchen, bathroom, dining/living area. But in fact 1 bedroom has been split into 2, an extra living room and bedroom have been added (built over a deck which isn't on the original plan), there is also a rumpus room and study downstairs and garage. So its been majorly extended and no sign of any building consents. The rumpus/study and garage were added likely pre-1992 (so they don't need a building consent?) but no idea about the extra living area and bedroom over the deck.


Apparently it was owned by a builder who we guess must have done it himself. She got a verbal building report basically stating nothing major issues. But worried about potential resale and insurability. Anyone bought somewhere without building consents? Can these be granted retrospectively?

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  Reply # 1640599 26-Sep-2016 12:37
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Houses get sold all the time without proper consent, however yours appears very very major...


We are not talking about a few walls pulled down and a few beams put in, we are talking substantially adding to the footprint of the house.


Sorry mate, best avoid this one, or if you really want it, get the current owner to apply for a cert. of acceptance as mentioned above. 




Unfortunately in this market, I would expect someone to snap it up quickly even in its current state, which is a shame. 

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  Reply # 1640897 26-Sep-2016 20:05
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She is getting a building report done now.



I am a lawyer and I wouldn't be comfortable signing a S & P agreement in this situation without consulting a lawyer who is an expert. She needs more than a builder's report and asking on an internet discussion forum about something this major isn't a good idea.





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