Up Top And Down Below – A Conveyancers Advice On Extending Your House
Have you thought about extending your house? When you buy a property, it’s not unreasonable to assume that you own everything connected to that property. Not just the building and garden, but everything above and below it, at least to a reasonable height and depth.
It’s not like you are expecting to be able to complete with Heathrow for a flight path! However, what you will own above and below the property is not as obvious and straightforward as it sounds.
This is becoming more and more relevant to homeowners, as overcrowding and land become more expensive.
What’s more, with increases in things like stamp duty, you may want to consider staying put. Making the best of what you’ve got, rather than moving on might be financially more sensible to do. So, it’s not unreasonable for you to consider extending your property downwards as well as outwards and upwards.
Do You Own Everything?
You would reasonably assume that the earth underneath your building belongs to you, and that within reason, you can do whatever you like with it. Actually, it’s not as easy as that, and you should check what you can and cannot do before you proceed with the purchase.
For example, any extension to the property in any direction is likely to have to comply with planning regulations, such as having to obtain planning permission.
What’s more, all local authorities have restrictions on what you can and cannot do, particularly with regard to basements which are not as popular with building control as you might think. You will also have to comply with building regulations which are extremely stringent on things like basement extensions, due to the risk that a