Brendan O’Hara MP and The Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC) are proud to host the first Listed Property Owners’ Forum in Scotland.
This Forum, which aims to help current and future owners of listed buildings deal with the challenges of looking after the nation’s historic properties, is hosted by the MP for Argyll and Bute Brendan O’Hara and in partnership with The Listed Property Owners’ Club; the UK’s only membership organisation for owners or prospective owners of listed buildings and regular campaigning force for changes to VAT.
Brendan is one of 52 members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Listed Buildings to provide a voice in Parliament and to ensure parliamentarians have proper and correct information on the issues and problems surrounding listed property ownership. This makes this forum a great opportunity to allow owners to speak directly to Brendan about their experiences or to air their concerns about the complexities of looking after a listed building.
By law, owners of listed buildings must ensure that all building or maintenance works carried out on their property conforms to the standards demanded by their local Conservation Officer. Due to the nature of listed buildings this often means that owners incur greatly increased costs that would not apply to non-listed homes. Owners are also automatically liable for any unauthorised work carried out by previous owners, and can even be prosecuted if they fall foul of complex planning laws.
While such rules are in place to protect the properties themselves, little or no consideration is given to the financial means of owners, who often cannot afford the extra expense; a situation that was worsened by the scrapping of zero rated VAT on approved alterations in 2012.
Brendan says: “I am interested to hear my constituents’ views on how parliament can better serve the needs of listed property owners through actions such as reducing the VAT rate for work on listed buildings to 5%”
Founder of The Listed Property Owners’ Club, Peter Anslow says: “After years of decisions going against them, listed property owners feel increasingly unsupported in looking after their buildings. This event will give owners the opportunity to tell their local MP about the challenges they face and how the loss of zero VAT has affected them.”
LPOC has planned a number of forums throughout the UK, with the launch of the 2018 events being in Argyll and Bute; home to over 2000 listed properties. This event hopes not only to draw attention to such issues but will also give visitors the opportunity to gain invaluable free advice from listed property experts on topics such as what to look for when buying a listed building, listed building consent, insurance and more.
The Listed Property Owners’ Forum will be held at the Helensburgh Parish Church, Colquhoun Street, on Saturday 17th March 2018 from 10am – 2pm. All owners of listed buildings and anyone who is considering purchasing are welcome and can drop in at any time during the day. Visitors are asked to confirm their attendance by emailing their name and contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Established in 1993, The Listed Property Owners’ Club was created specifically to provide the owners of Britain’s protected buildings with information and advice on the maintenance, responsibilities and obligations of ownership. Additionally it provides a voice in Parliament to represent the views of its members. Members benefit from a bi-monthly magazine, a dedicated telephone helpline where you can speak to experts on conservation, VAT, law, planning, and insurance, plus the Suppliers Directory of professionals, builders and tradesmen, which is the first port of call for many listed building owners across the country.
The Campaign for Owners is an ongoing crusade by The Listed Property Owners’ Club to help owners of listed buildings and draw attention to the issues surrounding listed property ownership. At the heart of our campaign is our work to engage with Westminster and to lobby the government to reduce VAT for all work on listed buildings to 5%. We are actively seeking support from policy makers and pushing to increase support for our newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Listed Properties.
Our political campaign is funded by our insurance providers who pass a fee back to us for every new policy taken, which supports our efforts.