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    Cellar improvements lease compliance

    Hello,
    I own a ground floor flat in a victorian conversion. According to the lease agreement, the ground floor, back garden and cellar is included in my demise (this is stated in wording as well as on the lease plan outlined in red). The lease does mention that the cellar "should only be used as storage and not for habitable purpose". When we bought the flat, the cellar was just a dirt room with dust and rubbish everywhere and certainly not usable as "storage". We cleaned it up, covered the existing internal walls with plasterboard, added a wooden floor, some lighting and sockets, a fan beneath the coal chute to ensure good ventilation and only after that we were able to use it as "storage" where things stored wouldn't rot. We didn't erect any partition walls and the layout is exactly the same as it was originally on the deeds plan. The electrical wiring in the basement was done by an electrician registered with NAPIT and straight after we had the fuse box replaced by another registered electrician who added an RCD for the cellar circuit.

    Now we decided we are selling the flat.

    My issues are:
    1. We didn't talk to the freeholder about what we did in the cellar. But we didn't really do any "structural work", as stated in the lease agreement as we didn't dig nor erected partition walls. We see our work more as "decoration" than structural work. As for the definition of "habitable room", on the planning portal , it says: "There is no single legal definition of "habitable room", as its use and meaning is subject to context". So am I right in thinking that if we declare we use this room only as storage we didn't need permissions from the freeholder?
    2. Neither electrician notified the work they did for building regs. We only received a letter of indemnification for the replacement of the fuse box. How should I go about getting all the right certifications/documents for the electrical work in the cellar in order to avoid issues when I sell the flat?
    Thank you all in advance,

    Jp

    #2
    If you get an EICR done, I'd have thought that would satisfy most sniffy buyers. Surely those renovations were done by a previous owner, weren't they? (wink)

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      #3
      Sounds like just decorating and minor repairs, nothing you would need to declare on sale enquiries or to freeholder.

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        #4
        THat's great! thank you both for your replies. My wife (and so I) can sleep better now.

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