Did you know that you as a new owner of a listed building inherit full responsibility and are wholly liable for any work done by any previous owners that has not been carried out with the correct listed building consent, and in strict accordance with listed buildings planning policies and building regulations?
Furthermore if a local authority consider that a listed building is not being properly preserved, they may serve on the owner a ‘Repairs Notice’ under Section 48 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990. This notice must specify the works which the authority consider reasonably necessary for the proper preservation of the building and explain that if it is not complied with within two months, the authority may make a Compulsory Purchase Order and submit
it to the Secretary of State for confirmation (Section 47 of the Act).
Sections 54 and 55 of the Act state that if the building is unoccupied, the authority can serve a notice on the owner giving him seven days’ notice of their intention to carry out repairs which are urgently necessary to secure its preservation and recover the cost from the owner. If the owner deliberately neglects the building in order to redevelop the site, the local authority may not only acquire the building, but may do so at a price which excludes the value of the site for redevelopment. These powers may also be exercised by the Secretary of State.
Owners of listed buildings can, in some cases, get grants or loans to help them with repairs and maintenance.
Download the guide Listed Building Living for more information.