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The Northern Echo published a short article explaining the pitfalls of loft conversions in the local area of Hartlepool.  Here is a brief explanation of the story with link to it.

Structure experts in Hartlepool are cautioning locals who have loft conversions that they might be considering prospective death traps.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s primary developing control officer Dave McCullogh likewise said lots of households are stopping working to obtain appropriate approvals.

He said: “This frequently just comes to light when somebody attempts to offer their home and the records show there is no structure control authorization for the loft space conversion.

” We encounter concerning 100 cases a year, where householders have actually converted their lofts without making an application for the appropriate approvals. This slows down your home sale process and also in some circumstances, it has actually caused a sale to fall through.”

Although many loft discussions do not need preparation permission, they do need building regulation approval.

Mr McCullogh said: “When we accomplish our examinations, we also discover much of the conversions have not been carried out to the necessary criteria and also are a death trap.

” Anyone intending to transform their loft must consult as well as speak to a reputable building contractor.”

A brochure about conversions is available from the council’s structure control section at Bryan Hanson House or by getting in touch with (01429) 523299.

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