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  • What have you been told that the risk is? That the freeholder will force you to reinstate the original floor plan, that the council will, that it's going to fall down?

    It doesn't strike me as a problem unless there's some risk attached to it.

  • Will ask solicitor, not entirely sure if I am honest. It is in a conservation area so need PP to do anything, though that may be just external stuff e.g. windows.

    The stained glass window and extraction (bathroom/kitchen) could be a problem too. With the window, it needs work which may be more expensive than I thought, if even possible to change it. And then the only extraction/ventilation in the bathroom and kitchen is too little vents in the glass. The boiler has a flue goes out of the external wall, which they managed either without permission.

    Not sure what the solution is to the stained window and how to fit extractors. Will chat to solicitor and other flats. Surveyor was saying that is one of the problems converting a house to flats. In the original floorplan, where the stained glass window is would have been a hallway so would have been fine.

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  • I spent 10 years in a flat with no fan in the bathroom and no fan in the kitchen.

    Bathroom I just opened the window and closed the door after a shower. Kitchen was occasionally annoying when frying stuff but again just shut the door and opened the window.

  • Not sure what the solution is to the stained window and how to fit extractors

    Seems like

    i. fix up stained glass window (£££)
    ii. fit extractors through wall (££)

    Fixing up the window will be painful. You'll have to find someone who can do it, and then suck up what seems like a hefty fee to get it done. Pray it can all be done from the inside without scaffolding. That said, do you own the window, are you responsible for it in the terms of the lease? All of it will cost you, but you get a nice window at the end.

    Extractors would practically be quite easy - you SDS smash a hole in the wall to the outside, fit a duct, stick the unit on the wall, chase a power source and sensor / timer to the unit, make good. All doable from the inside but the hole on the outside could be messy and needing made good (scaffolding again or cherry picker or something £££) or covered with a visually awful cowling that might be disallowed because conservation area. Again, you probably don't own the walls so you'd need permission or have it done as some wider improvement works project.

    Dehumidifiers are like £200...


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