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Permission needed for structural works

One leaseholder found out the hard way that you shouldn’t start structural works to your property without Poplar HARCA’s permission.

He had got planning permission from the Council to knock-through to the loft space above his property. He thought that meant he was good to go – despite Poplar HARCA’s Team telling him permission wasn’t going to be given because of the risk to services to neighbouring properties.

In May the Court agreed with Poplar HARCA. An injunction prohibiting any more works was granted, and a week later the Court issued an Order requiring the leaseholder to pay all the costs for Poplar HARCA to return the loft to its original state, and all of Poplar HARCA’s legal costs – a grand estimated total of £25,000.

Don’t make a similar very costly mistake. Talk to Poplar HARCA’s Team before you make plans…