The Listed Property Owners’ Club is Britain’s only advice service dedicated to helping members get the most from their homes by providing detailed advice, information and support for just about every conceivable issue associated with ownership.
The club was started over 20 years ago by Peter Anslow, who learnt a tremendous amount about owning a listed building from buying a 17th century Kentish barn in the 1960s (which is still being lovingly restored to this day!)
By the time Peter’s son and daughter had also both bought listed buildings, he had learnt enough to pass on his knowledge and LPOC began.
“Any problems that arise with owning a listed building have been, without exception, lack of knowledge and it was on this basis that we structured the club”, Peter says.
“There aren’t many questions that arise that we haven’t experienced before. Whilst we tend to respond to these directly, when something new or particularly tricky arises we act as a signpost to the expert who can respond with the appropriate advice. This specialist advice is all part of the membership fee.”
There are approximately half a million listed homes in the UK, all of which are subject to strict regulations on planning, alterations and maintenance. However, legislation doesn’t stand still and owners of listed homes need to be kept informed about their rights and responsibilities. This is the primary purpose of LPOC.
LPOC operates a dedicated telephone helpline for members, along with producing the informative and inspiring magazine Listed Heritage. Members also receive a log book packed with essential information on ownership along with space to build a record of your home’s unique history and character.
Peter’s passion for heritage and helping listed building owners extended to parliament in 2013 as he began a campaign for owner’s rights, following a difficult few years that included the VAT relief on approved alterations scrapped. LPOC continue to lobby Westminster for a reduction in VAT for work on listed buildings to 5%.