Buying a listed building in Dagenham - what to check

The prospect of owning a desirable listed building is an alluring one. However, the reality can be less satisfying. If you are intending to buy a listed building in Dagenham - here?s what you need to know.

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What do I need to know?

Before you do anything else, check out what status of listing yours is. This will explain what you can and can't do.

Grade Ibuildings of exceptional interest
Grade II*particularly important buildings of more than special interest
Grade IIbuildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them

What are the restrictions?

The controls over what can and can't be done to a listed building are in place to preserve a property's architectural or historic interest. These building controls prevent alterations that do not have the necessary consent (such as changing windows) to the house.

Examples of listed elements can range from bay windows to types of render.

Can I make alterations to a listed building

If you intend to buy a listed building, any internal or external changes to the house must have Listed Building Consent and Building Regulations Approval from London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

What if the property has been modified already?

The obligation for ensuring the appropriate consents are in place is transferred from the seller to the new owner. Failing to obtain listed building consent for any changes is an offence.

Will there be any obligations on the buyer?

Owners of listed buildings in Dagenham are required to maintain the building in a good condition.

If you do not, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham can take formal action, ending in compulsory purchase if you refuse to comply.

The repair work will often need to be undertaken in a like for like manner, e.g. period masonry.

Directory of listed properties in Dagenham

There are over 500,000 listed properties across the country, and around 51 of which are in London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

Dagenham listed buildings include:

  • Canteen At Head Office Of Rhone Poulenc Limited, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, Barking And Dagenham, Greater London Authority
  • The Havering Stone (On North Side Of The Road At The Former Romford/Dagenham Borough Boundary), London Road, Non Civil Parish, Dagenham, Barking And Dagenham, Greater London Authority
  • Valence House, Becontree Avenue, Becontree, Dagenham, Barking And Dagenham, Greater London Authority
  • Furze House Farmhouse, Billet Road, Marks Gate, Dagenham, Barking And Dagenham, Greater London Authority
  • Hooks Hall Farmhouse, The Chase, Dagenham, Barking And Dagenham, Greater London Authority

A list can be found on the Historic England website database

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