Listed buildings and local authorities – Arghhhhh

Guest blogger Nicky Richmond of niche property law firm Brecher is exasperated. 

At first, I was quite flattered by the fact that the Conservation Officer was taking photos of the interior of my property.  Perhaps they were impressed by the very beautiful original 17thC beams in the bedroom, or the magnificent walnut floor boards?  No.  They were recording the interior of the property so they had a photographic record for future reference.

Given that making alterations to a listed building without consent is a criminal offence, I felt that they were collecting evidence to be used against me in the future.  And I wasn’t too pleased about people taking photographs of the interior of my house without consent either.

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