Making conversion legal

Andi asks:
(updated on Sunday, October 28th 2012)

My old bungalow was converted into two flats (with separate entry, kitchen and living areas) a few years ago. Is there anything I can do now to make them legal? 

Our Experts Answer:

The answer will vary from council to council and may require resource consent (a type of 'retrospective' building consent). It will depend on a number of factors including density, parking and outdoor space along with fire and other building control regulations. Insurance companies may not pay out if works that were illegal may have caused damage. Tread with care.

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