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Q I've viewed a flat I like but the bathroom is off the second bedroom. Is this a bad buy and is it worth seeing if I can make a corridor through to the bathroom?
Jen, Greenwich

Q I've viewed a flat I like but the bathroom is off the second bedroom. Is this a bad buy and is it worth seeing if I can make a corridor through to the bathroom?
Jen, Greenwich

A If you need to use both bedrooms, access to the bathroom could become a problem. If the bedroom is big enough, it would be a good idea to provide separate access by creating a corridor through to the bathroom and make a new door to the bedroom. You will need to obtain building regulations approval from the local council if you need to remove a chimney breast to make this possible and an inspector will visit to check that the work has been carried out satisfactorily. There is a charge for this.

Q We are thinking of buying a new property in Spain and are interested in the idea of "inspection visits". Is this just be a way of getting us to commit to buying something when we are there?
B White, by e-mail

A There is no doubt that there could be an element of hard sell but it depends on the terms of the visit. You would usually pay for at least the flights or a "package" that includes accommodation and airport transfers as well as travel around the properties. You will not have much free time and the visits will be targeted to specific places. Obtain as much information about what you will be seeing and its location before deciding to go – you may find you are viewing plots of land. The quality of the building is very important. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions and wait until you return home before deciding to buy. You should also consult an independent solicitor who is experienced in buying property abroad.

Q We are selling our house, which has a loft extension. We obtained all the planning permission required at the time but can't find any copies of the papers. Is it true that if the work was carried out more than four years ago we do not have to provide them?
C Orr, by e-mail

A Any building works more than four years old are indeed immune from enforcement proceedings by local planners. However, you can contact your local authority for copies, which as you know they exist, would prevent any hiccups with the sale.

If you would like a query answered on buying or selling a property, e-mail: propertyq&a@independent.co.uk. Only those questions featured will be answered. Any advice given will not be legally binding

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