Illegal structure consequences, dangers and affects on home owners

Learn the consequences of illegal structures and how they can potentially affect your resale and possibly insurance. QBIS.

Illegal structure & implications

Inadequate securing patio roof structure could potentially allow it to collapse!

This patio roof structure is secured to a metal fascia that is not designed to support structures. Metal fascias are secured to a house by means of clips, not substantial enough to take weight. Securing must be through the fascia to roof structure of the house to avoid collapse.

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Problems with this patio roof structure and its securings.

  • Ends of these rafters were secured to the metal fascia by means of pop rivits only.
  • The structure and its securing did not comply with Building Code requirements.
  • The rafters must be secured to roof structure of the house.
  • The structure was in danger of collapsing.

Securings required to avoid a patio roof structure from collapsing.

  • Attach a horizontal plate to the metal fascia.
  • Lift roof tiles or remove eave linings to allow securing of the plate through the fascia to roof structure of the house.
  • Secure fabricated brackets with bolts to the plate and the house roof structure.
  • Reinstate eave linings.

How illegal structures may affect your house resale:

If an illegal structure is indentified by any of the following.

  • By a potential buyer in their initial inspection, before signing a contract.
  • In a building inspection report.
  • No approved plans.
  • Stage inspections not carried out during construction.
  • No record of structure having been built in a Council search.

What to do to avoid an illegal structure crashing a potential sale.

  • Carry out searches before listing your property for sale.
  • Have any illegal structures rectified and made compliant or remove them!
  • Apply for retrospective approval from Council.
  • Disclose any illegal structures before allowing the contract to be signed by a buyer.

What you need to know about insurance cover and illegal structures.

  • Insurance companies are not likely to cover structures that are illegal and non-compliant with Building Code requirements.
  • You must disclose any structures that you know of that are illegal with your insurer
  • Request in writing that they are prepared to cover any illegal structures!