Can I Build a Granny Annexe on My Property?

July 24, 2018 10:13 am Published by

There are lots of things to consider if you’re thinking of building an annexe on your property; not just the financial implications but also the potential aggravation of having an additional person move into your home. We would like to share some of our advice with you so that you know what you’re getting yourself into, but none of this information should be taken as legal advice. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

Firstly, is your home subject to restrictive covenants that would prohibit the construction of an extension or external structure? If so, then there’s not much point in making any further plans where a granny annexe is concerned. This is something you should check before proceeding with any preparation. You should also check with the local authority as to whether or not the granny annexe will be exempt from council tax; it is likely that your annexe will be treated as a separate property.

If the new annexe that you have in mind is quite small, and not much more than a spare room in the main house, then you might not need planning permission; it may have permission to be built under development rights. However, if you’re planning something bigger, perhaps with its own bathroom and kitchen, then you probably will need planning permission. This might involve a condition that states that only friends, family or dependents of the homeowners can live in the annexe.

Of course, an annexe may significantly boost the overall value of your property and will help you make the most out of your plot, so it’s likely a worthwhile investment. However, we would recommend weighing up the pros and cons before making your final decision. We here at Adam Roberts Ltd are always more than happy to give you our expert opinion on these types of matters, so we’d love for you to get in touch!

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