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House rewired, no certificates.

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by lasors, 25 Jul 2015.

  1. lasors

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    Hello all,
    Having a bit of a dilemna at the moment. We're selling our house (2 bed terrace) just now, or rather have sold it, subject to contract. It was rewired about 5 years ago, we haven't got certificates for it, back then I don't think I understood that we should get any. I know better now. As far as I know it was done properly, he was a qualified electrician, and it has been worked on since with no sharp intakes of breath.

    Now we are completing documents for our solicitor which include questions about whether it has been rewired and to supply completion certificates etc. I told the buyers it has been rewired, as it has. Solicitor says an indemnity will suffice, but I don't want the buyers, or their mortgage company, getting worried that the place is a death trap.

    So what to do? Do I get an electrical installation safety certificate and hope that will be enough to satisfy everyone? Should it? Have I got a bigger problem?

    Thanks for reading.

    Here's a photo of the consumer unit if it's of any use...
     

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  3. Iggifer

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    I guess you have no contact details for the guy that did the rewire? He will be able to give you a certificate now, assuming he is legit.

    But failing that, an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is the best you can hope for now
     
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    Looking at you consumer unit, it is unlikely that it complied with the regs 5 years ago :(
     
  5. lasors

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    Can you elaborate Gareth?
     
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    No, my bad, I just noticed that the first bank of MCBs are actually RCBOs !!!
    I was going to say that it was unlikely to comply because of this
     
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    Ah, yeah they are. Not sure why not dual RCDs, it was explained at the time I remember that.
     
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    Yes, it would add a fair bit on to the cost of materials
     
  9. lasors

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    Actually I think they were pinched from a small consumer unit that was there already, installed not long before, to run supplies to council fitted oven and shower, which we ripped out when we moved in. We gutted the place and plumber and electrician had an empty, stripped and chased house to work on.
     
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    Are you sure it was rewired 5 years ago? If you are mistaken and it was rewired in 2004 you don't need certificates.
     
  12. ban-all-sheds

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    I think it unlikely that he is out by 6+ years when remembering how long ago he bought the property.

    You really should not assume that everybody is as hard of thinking as you.
     
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    Well, we moved into the property in 2010. And I've already told the buyers it was rewired, before I discovered this issue.:confused:
     
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    I think he might have been trying to suggest a way out. I hope. Lol
     
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    Tell him that if the buyers want one of those utterly useless things (which your solicitor will be getting commission on selling, even though he KNOWS that they are useless to the point of it being fraud for one to be sold in these circumstances) then they are quite at liberty to buy one themselves.

    Tell him that hell will freeze over before you buy one, or before you drop the price by as much as 1p.

    The buyers want your house. They want it. Exploit that.
     
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    Ah.

    It did not occur to me that he was suggesting you turn your house sale into a fraudulent transaction. I thought he was just stupid, not criminal.
     
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    To be honest I'm less worried about the buyers, more so their mortgage lender throwing a hissy fit.

    I agree indemnity policy is pointless, but it's £16, if they must.
     
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