M Is For Maisonette
23/12/2020 12:00 AM 0
Deriving from the French for 'little house', a maisonette is self-contained living accommodation often occupying two floors of a larger house that has its own entrance to the outside.
Arriving on our streets in the 1960s and 70s (before apartment blocks were as common as they are today), they were introduced to encourage higher-density living in the suburbs, mainly over shops, garages or other maisonettes.
So, you get your own front door and the privacy that comes with it plus a little more space than a flat without the price tag of a house. But are there cons to buying or living in a maisonette?
Well yes, a few. Firstly, maisonettes don't benefit from Permitted Development Rights as houses do. If you want to extend, you'd need to go down the planning permission route before carrying out any works.
Secondly, if the exterior of the property needs some TLC, you'll need to convince your upstairs/downstairs neighbour to pitch in and help. Not financially, (the financial burdens of exterior work are divvied up from the get go) but from a 'get your paintbrush out' perspective.
Thirdly, many maisonettes are situated above businesses - some noisier and smellier than others! So be sure to do your research before signing on the dotted line!

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