The challenges of owning a thatched property

When considering buying a new property prospective owners dream of a simple transaction. Thatched properties can now seem to be a thing of the past due to technological advancements and more modern lifestyle preferences. The challenges of owning a thatched property can be onerous, yet for those who appreciate that thatched properties are still a cherished part of many rural landscapes, expert legal advice can ease the obstacles potential buyers may face. 

Maintenance of a thatched property

Re-thatching is a costly and ongoing process for owners but is required to prevent issues such as mould and rodents as well as ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Searches and enquiries by a solicitor can ensure that previous homeowners have maintained the property sufficiently, reducing the risk of increased costs for the buyers.  

Are thatched properties safe?

The safety regulations for a thatched property can seem endless however they are extremely necessary. It is essential that safety measures such as fire-resistant barriers and lightening protection are installed. Fire prevention within the house is equally important. Property owners should install fire alarms and heat detectors to both keep themselves safe and ensure insurance compliance. Due diligence will allow for a review of past inspections and repairs to allow peace of mind for homeowners. 

Insuring a thatched property

Insurance is a fundamental aspect of property ownership, but thatched properties can present challenges. Due to their fire risk and potential for costly repairs, insurance providers may offer coverage at higher premiums any may be unwilling to cover properties that do not meet safety standards. A skilled solicitor can ensure peace of mind for property owners ensuring they have the correct coverage to protect their investment. 

Building regulations and planning permission for thatched properties

Building regulations and planning permission are designed to protect the historical significance of such properties and complying with these can be arduous. The limited capacity to alter or extend can often deter homeowners from wanting to invest in a thatched property. A solicitor will be able to guide a prospective buyer on compliance with these regulations and ensure necessary planning permission is obtained for alterations.

How can Moore Barlow help?

Prospective owners must be aware of both the responsibilities and complications that come with a thatched property. Seeking legal advice can provide valuable guidance in order to navigate these effectively. For those who appreciate the aesthetic and the lifestyle associated with a thatched property, the challenges can be seen as a labour of love to preserve both a piece of history and its occupants rather than an obstruction to purchasing.