Client
Needs

Our Client was looking to purchase a freehold interest in this self-contained 4-storey terraced building in Islington in which to live and run their new business.  The new business would require a change of planning use as well as internal alterations to suit our Client’s operational requirements.

What
We Did

The building had been extensively refurbished by the Vendor 5 years previously for use as a hair and beauty salon on the basement and ground floors, whilst the two upper floors were used as residential accommodation.   The client and their solicitor were primarily concerned about whether the works undertaken met statutory requirements as little documentary evidence was available from the Vendor.   

We
Provided

Reporting on the defects within the building fabric & services and risks if these were not addressed

Budget costs for rectifying the various defects and statutory deficiencies

Advice on proposed ventilation and fitting out plans for the basement and ground floors

Advice on potential building insurance difficulties associated with main sewerage pipe passing through the basement

Final
Result

Owing to the extensive nature of defects and statutory deficiencies at the property, the Client decided not to risk proceeding with the purchase as they did not wish to carry out extensive rectification work.

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