We bought a month ago and we want to renovate our bathroom completely, but it will be a like for like replacement,change the floors thorughout the flat and have it painted. I read it takes a long time for the council to issue a consent,like 6 months or longer, so I would like to know if anyone did this without seeking consent. Would it be a problem if we sell the flat in the future?
If you are a leaseholder with Southwark, you do need their consent. Even for a like for like change to the bathroom (and even for a mere change of tap).
I paid the fee online and then they told me I had to send them a detailed quote from the builder (who needs to be insured) and the Council will visit the flat before and after the works are completed. My neighbour was told if he changed the fittings from a bathtub to a shower, he needed to keep the bathtub fittings...
Also when you are in the process of selling your flat, the solicitors will ask you for all permissions to the changes you made. My neighbour is struggling as some changes were made before they bought their flat.
Also, be careful with changing the flooring, it is not always accepted to change from carpets to floorboards due to the noise nuisance.