Should I buy a listed building in Coventry?

The idea of owning a desirable listed property is an exciting one. The reality is, however, not for the faint-hearted. If you are thinking of buying a listed building in Coventry - here?s what you need to consider.

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Where do I start?

First check out what status of listed building the house you are buying is, this will set out what you can and cannot do.

Grade I

Grade I are buildings of exceptional interest

Grade II*

Grade II* buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest.

Grade II

Grade II are buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.

What will my responsibilities be?

The controls over what can and can't be done to a listed building are in place to preserve the historic or architectural value of the property. These restrictions prevent alterations that do not have the necessary consent (e.g. a loft extension) to the listed fabric of the building.

Examples of listed elements can range from window frames to thatched roofs.

I want to make alterations

When buying a listed property, any changes to the property must have been granted building regulations and listed building consent from Coventry City Council.

What if the seller has made alterations already?

The necessary consents must be in place if a listed property in Coventry has previously undergone alterations.

Failing to obtain listed building consent for any alterations or extensions is illegal. Responsibility for making sure all consents have been granted will be passed to the buyer.

What obligations does the buyer have?

As the owner of a listed building in Coventry, you must maintain the house in a good state of repair.

Coventry City Council may take legal action should you fail to maintain the property, and may ultimately force you to sell the property to the authority.

Vernacular materials and methods, such as timber and thatch roofing or lime mortar, should be used (where necessary) when undertaking maintenance work.

Directory of listed buildings in Coventry

There are around half a million listed properties in England and Wales - around 331 of which are in Coventry City Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and around Coventry include:

  • Coventry Station, Including Attached Platform Structures, Station Square, Coventry, Coventry
  • Granary, Cowshed And Stable Range Approximately 15 Metres North West Of Hungerley Hall Farmhouse, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry, Coventry
  • Stivichall Animal Pound, Coat Of Arms Bridge Road, Coventry, Coventry
  • Limbrick Wood School (Junior Block), Broad Lane, Coventry, Coventry
  • 16 And 18 Sutton Stop, Coventry, Coventry

A full list can be found on the Historic England website

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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