I live in a victorian terraced house that had the chimney breast removed about 40 years ago (by the previous owner) on the ground floor, leaving the remaining stack.
The chimney backs onto next doors chimney which i believe is fully intact, but unused.
I am refitting the kitchen including replastering the walls and replacing the ceiling.
When we pulled down the old ceiling we found there was nothing supporting the chimney breast.
My builder said he can put in a concrete lintel (possibly 2) which would sit on the existing joists and support the remaining stack. The joists are about 6 inches deep.
Am I still required to comply with building regs - (put in proper support) - even though it wasnt me that actually removed the chimney breast in the first place?