Not enough time to do repair on survey issues, what should we do? Please help.

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    Not enough time to do repair on survey issues, what should we do? Please help.

    Hello everyone,

    We have agreed on a sale on a flat and everything seemed to be going well. There was some issues with the metal fire escape at the back of the property and the seller promised to replace it. However, we only realised today that they have not got Planning Permission or Building Control for it (they insisted it is permitted development), and it is definitely not enough time to get it for the deadline. We are quite panicking and not sure what we can do. The options I'm aware we have are:

    1. Ask for a reduction. The problem is I need to come back to my lender to revise the mortgage offer, and this might make us miss the deadline as well.

    2. Ask for a retention, then carry out the work ourselves. I don't really fully understand this process, is there something we should be aware of?

    Or is there any other solution at all (apart from walking away, which we really dont want to)?

    Thank you for your help.

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